Jul 5, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (16) celebrates his home run in the 7th inning to tie the New York Yankees at Target Field. The Twins win 2-1 in 11 innings. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Pirates, Reds interested in Josh Willingham trade

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The MLB Trade Deadline is just around the corner which means that the names of potential trade candidates is going to get tighter and more intense.

One team that was holding out on fielding trade offers until after the All-Star Game was the Minnesota Twins, who despite rumors swirling decided to see if they could contend before deciding to sell at the deadline.

Selling is what Minnesota will be doing though, and ESPN1500 reporter Darren Wolfson believes that Josh Willingham is a prime candidate to head to one of two National League clubs.

The Reds going after Willingham is actually a great fit but the Twins and Pirates have a trade history that dates back a while, most recently with the Justin Morneau trade of last September. Teams like the Seattle Mariners can’t be counted out either as they’re looking for power hitting that someone such as Willingham can provide, but the Reds and Pirates sound like good landing spots for Wilingham and he’s a name to watch this week.

Be sure to stay glued to FanSided’s MLB Rumors page to stay up to date with the latest action and rumbling from the baseball hot stove this trade season.

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