Jose Berrios speaks on future with Twins with MLB Trade Deadline looming
With the MLB Trade Deadline rapidly approaching, the Minnesota Twins are clear sellers after sinking to 39-53 and being swept by the Detroit Tigers out of the all-star break.
It’s not the season the Twins had expected after winning back-t0-back AL Central crowns. Now, instead of competing for a pennant, they’ll look to navigate the trade market from the opposite side of the spectrum.
Jose Berrios, Minnesota’s ace, could be available. Rumors have swirled even though Berrios is under team control for another year. Berrios spoke to the Star Tribune about his unknown future with the Twins moving forward.
[I will have been] waiting six years, almost seven, to get where every player wants to be — a free agent, able to maximize our value,” Berrios said. “So it’s different now. We are in a good position, and we’ll see what the best deal is going to be.
“…The Twins can do whatever they want,” Berrios said. “If they come to us and make an offer, we’ll see what the future has in store. But we waited a long time, worked very hard, to get to this position.”
That certainly doesn’t sound like a player who’s all set on staying in Minnesota with the Twins.
Berrios has been solid yet again this year, pitching to a 7-3 record with a 3.48 ERA. While he may not be motivated to make sure he stays in Minnesota at all costs, he did note his appreciation for the organization.
“I like Minnesota. My family likes it too. This is the organization that gave me an opportunity to be a professional and a big-leaguer,” Berrios said. “But it’s a business, too. They understand that I have to do what’s best for me and my family. We’ll see what they think. Someday.”
If he’s available in trade talks, Berrios could be the best arm on the market. The Twins may try to make sure that doesn’t become a reality.