Report: Twins Ready To Trade Jose Berrios To Team in NL West

After numerous reports that the Minnesota Twins were unlikely to trade their ace Jose Berrios at this year's trade deadline, Jon Morosi is now reporting that trade talks are indeed underway, with a couple of big-time suitors.

Morosi reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres are in discussions with Twins GM Thad Levine. Both teams are desperate for pitching help, and have been linked to many other starters on the trade market, but Berrios would be a step up over most. 

As noted by The Athletic's Jim Bowden, Berrios' trade value will never be higher than it is now, with a market full of buyers looking for starting pitching, and mostly mediocre arms available (the exception, of course, being Max Scherzer if he is indeed available).

The Padres and Dodgers have two of the best farm systems in the majors, and could offer the Twins a nice haul if they're ready to deal. 

Berrios does have another year of control, which is why the Twins had been hesitating at moving him. But the team's lack of ability to sign Byron Buxton to an extension, along with perhaps looking at the paucity of aces available on the market, and they have reconsidered that position. 

Ane with that, the pitching trade market just got a whole lot more interesting. 

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