COMMENTARY | The Major League Baseball trade deadline can be one of the most exciting (or frustrating) times to be a fan of your team.
For teams in contention, the trade deadline represents an opportunity to add that one last piece that can lead to a World Series championship. Of course, the trade deadline can also lead to frustration as team could let the league's next superstar emerge with someone else as they're left with nothing to show for it.
With the addition of the second wild card team in each league, the line of contender and pretender has been blurred, making the assessment of adding a piece or starting a team-wide fire sale at the July 31 trade deadline difficult.
The Minnesota Twins find themselves along that line as they trail the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians by six games in the American League Central at the season's midway point.
While the situation is blurry, the options are clear. Trade for an asset that can improve the team and make a surprise push for a division championship or sell off assets such as Glen Perkins to add another quality piece in their rebuilding effort.
The answer to this quandry? The Twins should do nothing.
It seems obvious that the Twins shouldn't try to go after the division title in 2013. Adding a piece to the front of the starting rotation would be nice, but it's not worth it when the team has crucial flaws elsewhere such as a legitimate leadoff hitter and power threat in the middle of the lineup.
The Twins would also risk mortgaging their future for a doomed effort to become AL Central champions as teams would ask for top prospects such as Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano in order to pull a fast one on general manager Terry Ryan.
Does this mean the Twins should sell off every asset they have to bolster their bright future? The answer is no because they don't have the ammunition to do it.
Twins fans will point at impending free-agent Justin Morneau and ask why a team struggling offensively, such as the New York Yankees, wouldn't want a former AL Most Valuable Player in the middle of their lineup.
That's because Morneau has not been Morneauian in 2013 with four home runs through the first three months of the season.
A lack of power paired with a mammoth $14 million salary means that the there is a good chance that the Twins will have to wait for free agency and cross their fingers that they don't lose him for nothing this winter.
The same goes for Josh Willingham, who has struggled to find his 2012 Silver Slugger award winner form due to a lingering knee injury. With poor numbers and a reasonable $7 million salary for 2014, it's likely the Twins will be unable to find what they covet in exchange for "The Hammer's" services as well.
Even trading closer Glen Perkins would be a bad idea as he has the affordable salary ($3.75 million in 2014) and on-field performance that make him more valuable to the Twins as a player rather than a commodity.
Of course, it only takes one team to have Ryan throw this philosophy in the garbage while laughing hysterically at a one-sided deal in favor of the Twins. At this point, I don't see that happening and that's a scenario that would be fine for the long-term aspects of the team.
Chris Schad is a lifelong Twins follower that has spent a majority of his life cheering the Twins on through the dark '90s and success of five American League Central championships in the 2000s. His work has also been published on Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @crishad.
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