By sweeping the White Sox and climbing into a virtual tie for the Wild Card, the Twins have set a franchise record for the best 42-game stretch. The Twins are 34-8 since June 8.
But do they need to add more talent to ensure they make the playoffs and make a run at the World Series? Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune argues that the best move is to not make a deal. He makes good points that most of the World Series teams the past few years didn't make a big deadline deal. Last year seems to be the one year the White Sox didn't make a big deadline trade, for example.
But one rumor has the Twins acquiring Carlos Lee and for pitching prospects Kevin Slowley and Glen Perkins. (The source is sketchy at best, so this is just good food for thought).
I don't think the Twins would give up two prospects for a rent-a-player, because they wouldn't sign him after this year. It would be very unlike Gm Terry Ryan. He's never made a big trade like that. But maybe he thinks this is the year.
On the other hand, the Twins would get a first-round draft pick once Lee doesn't re-sign .. so maybe 1st round pick - (Perkins + Slowey) isn't seen as that big a cost.
Either way, it's my opinion that the top of the Twins rotation and bullpen gives the Twins an excellent chance to win it all this season. Maybe better than at any point when they won three consecutive AL titles. The farm system is deep and it may be time to go for it. Even by trading some top prospects, the Twins won't mortgage their future as most of their core is young and signed for several more years. Don't overpay a lot, but if you can acquire an impact player like Lee at that price - the time is now.