We knew the Minnesota Twins were selling some major pieces at the trade deadline when they traded Nelson Cruz back on July 22nd.

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Now, the Twins have made one of the bigger moves of the trade deadline.

 

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Reports from Ken Rosenthal and Dan Hayes of The Athletic say that the Minnesota Twins traded Jose Berrios to the Toronto Blue Jays for infielder Alex Martin and pitcher Simeon Woods-Richardson.

Martin and Wood-Richardson are consensus Top 100 prospects in baseball and will slot in the minor leagues for the Twins.

Berrios was great for the Twins. A 2012 first-round pick, the now 27-year-old was a durable, dependable starter for the Twins since he came into the big leagues in 2016. He has a career he had a 4.08 ERA and struck out 779 batters in 781 and 1/3 innings pitched.

Multiple reports from MLB insiders indicated that the return that the Twins got for trading Berrios to the Blue Jays was a great return of prospects, including Jeff Passan of ESPN.

Martin is projecting to play either second base or centerfield when he eventually reaches the big leagues. Martin is hitting .281 with 9 stolen bases in 55 games in the minors this year. Woods-Richardson carries a 5.67 ERA in the minors and has struck out 67 batters in 45 and 1/3 innings on the season.

Expect more deals to be done by the Twins before the 3 p.m. deadline.

The Minnesota Twins made two other trades before the 3 p.m. deadline. Left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher John Gant and minor-league left-handed pitcher Evan Sisk.

The Twins' final trade of the day was trading reliever Hansel Robles to the Boston Red Sox for right-handed pitcher Alex Scherff.

Here is a full breakdown of the Twins trades before the trade deadline from MLB.com's Do-Hyoung Park.

 

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