Twins trade Rodney; Hildenberger and Reed could close

August 9, 2018

Minnesota Twins — Fernando Rodney was traded to Oakland on Thursday night, leaving a question mark at the back of the Twins’ bullpen. A few weeks ago, we would have guessed Trevor Hildenberger could claim the job, but he’s coming off three consecutive awful outings (7 ER, 2.2 IP). Addison Reed has the most closing experience, but he too has struggled (4.74 ERA, 1.44 WHIP). The best reliever for Minnesota right now might be Taylor Rogers, who’s got a streak of seven scoreless outings going (three holds). Gabriel Moya is another option, a 23-year-old lefty who has closed for Rochester — and don’t sleep on Trevor May, a former prospect who has come back from an injury strong (7 K in 3.2 IP). For now, we predict an ugly committee headlined by Hildenberger and Reed.

Updated hierarchy: *Hildenberger | Reed | Rogers.
* = closer-by-committee