Consider this your friendly reminder that the Minnesota Twins traded not one, but two, center fielders one year ago when they sent Denard Span to the Washington Nationals and Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies.
With the struggles of top prospect Aaron Hicks in center last year, the Twins might be open to a trade to fill that spot for the time being. Could such a deal happen within their own division? Possibly, as Nick Cafardo writes this morning in his Sunday notes:
He is a trade chip for the White Sox, who are getting interest…His career .336 on-base percentage (.323 last season) isn’t that compelling, but for teams looking for a center fielder who brings some varied skills, he’s not a bad option. The Twins have some interest.”
The level of interest is unknown, and presumably the urgency on both sides would have to ramp up significantly for the teams to get serious about a trade within the division.
At age 29, De Aza is a career .274 hitter who has stolen 20 bases each of the last two seasons. With the White Sox adding Adam Eaton in a trade this off-season, it makes sense that they are now open to moving De Aza.