Minnesota Twins Rumors: Outfielder Becoming Trade Target For AL East Team

Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler is increasingly becoming a trade candidate, with speculation growing that he could be on the move, especially to the New York Yankees.

Kepler's inconsistent offensive performance in recent seasons has made him less valuable to the Twins and has increased his chances of being traded.

The Yankees have shown interest in acquiring Kepler in the past, and with the recent injury to Giancarlo Stanton and the team's need of left-field help, they'll likely revisit the idea.

While his offensive statistics have not been impressive in recent years, Kepler's underlying metrics suggest that there is room for improvement. Additionally, his strong defensive skills and versatility make him a unique player on the market.

Reports suggest that the Twins may not require a package as large as what other teams have requested for their trade targets. Despite Kepler's declining OPS, he's a lefty hitter, and would definitely benefit from the hitter-friendly environment in Yankee Stadium, which could make him an attractive option for the Yankees.

Since his best season in 2019, the 30-year-old has posted a paltry .218/.311/.392 triple-slash line, with just 39 home runs, 124 RBIs, and 146 runs scored across 294 games.

While it is difficult to determine Kepler's exact trade value, his defensive skills and ability to play both corner outfield positions make him an attractive option for many teams.

With the Yankees in need of a left fielder and Kepler potentially benefiting from a change of scenery, a trade between the Twins and Yankees is increasingly becoming a possibility. Photo Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports