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Are Twins Making A Move For Matthew Boyd? Here's Who Tigers Should Demand In Return

Minnesota has one of the top farm systems in baseball.

July 19, 2019 - 1:05 pm

Add the Minnesota Twins to the growing list of suitors for Matthew Boyd ahead of the trade deadline. 

Per MLB.com's Jon Morosi, the Twins have contacted the Tigers about Boyd -- as well as All-Star reliever Shane Greene. 

If Minnesota has any chance of landing one of the top starting pitchers on the market from its AL Central rival, it will have to make an "overwhelming offer," Morosi notes. 

It's worth noting the Twins boast one of the top farm systems in baseball. They have five top-100 prospects, including shortstop Royce Lewis (No. 7) and outfielder Alex Kirilloff (No. 13). The Tigers would figure to have particular interest in Kirilloff, a power-hitting lefty in Double-A. 

At the start of the season, MLB Pipeline had this to say about the 21-year-old: "If it weren't for Blue Jays phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr., a strong argument can be made that Kirilloff is the best hitter in the Minor Leagues." 

22-year-old Trevor Larnach (No. 93 overall), another heavy-hitting outfielder in Double-A, could catch the Tigers' fancy as well. 

Per Morosi, talks between Detroit and Minnesota have yet to make "substantial progress." 

Considering the Twins appear to have interest in Greene as well, perhaps the Tigers could package him with Boyd in hopes of netting a huge return. In that case, either Lewis or Kirilloff would have to be included. 

While the market for Boyd continues to grow, Al Avila said last week he's yet to receive the kind of offer that would bring a deal to fruition. 

"Nobody’s been overly aggressive," he said -- and that's what it will take to pry Boyd from Detroit's hands. 

As for Greene, the Dodgers are one of the teams interested, according to Morosi. Los Angeles likewise has a well-regarded farm system. If traded on his own, however, Greene isn't likely to fetch a top-tier prospect

With no waiver trade deadline this year, deals must be consummated by July 31.