MLB trade rumors: Could Giants land Taylor Rogers before deadline?

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Could Giants pair Rogers twins in bullpen before deadline? originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

It would be a fantastic story if the Giants were to reunite reliever Tyler Rogers with his twin brother Taylor through a trade this season, but making the deal a reality might not be feasible before the July 30 deadline.

Let's start by saying that the rumors are not without reason.

The Minnesota Twins are 39-50 as of Friday night's games, and sit 14.5 games behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central standings. Several veteran free agent signings this winter had fans in Minnesota eyeing a playoff run.

But those high-priced additions haven't been enough for the Twins, and it appears likely the team will be sellers over the next few weeks leading up to the trade deadline.

Minnesota has a number of players who will be sought after in trades, including a pair of 2021 All-Stars in Rogers and Jose Berrios, as well as veteran bats like Josh Donaldson and Nelson Cruz.

Just about every team contending for the playoffs will look to fortify the bullpen, and Rogers is among the best relievers expected to be made available.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Shawn Estes identified Rogers among several relievers the Giants should go after before the trade deadline back in June.

MLB.com threw out a potential Rogers trade to the Giants on Saturday morning, sending the reliever to the Bay Area in exchange for prospects Luis Matos and Logan Wyatt.

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Matos is the Giants' No. 7 prospect by MLB Pipeline, and the 19-year-old is slashing .292/.332/.432 with five home runs and 41 RBI over 57 games with the Low-A San Jose Giants this season. Wyatt is the Giants' No. 17 prospect, and is slashing .242/.405/.301 with one home run and 16 RBI over 47 games with the Eugene Emeralds in High-A.

Two top-20 prospects isn't unreasonable to bring in an All-Star pitcher like Rogers, but the Twins might end up being the team to balk at a potential trade for the southpaw.

Rogers is eligible for free agency after the 2022 season, which means his trade value is as high as it will ever be this season. But Minnesota has little talent in the bullpen going forward outside of Rogers, and losing a closer in his prime might not be in the organization's best interest.

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has indicated that bolstering the rotation might be a higher priority for the trade deadline than a move for a reliever. The Giants also already have four left-handed relievers in the bullpen, including closer Jake McGee.

It would be a wonderful story for the Rogers family to have their twin boys playing for the same MLB organization, especially one that is competing for a World Series.

But don't be surprised if another team with a more pressing need for a lefty reliever throws a more substantial offer at the Twins for Rogers' services.

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