Believe it or not, the time is nearing for teams to start thinking about whether they're contenders or pretenders, buyers or sellers. Teams such as the Twins will be waiting to see whether they can turn it around, but we've seen this before: They usually recover and make the playoffs. If not, there will be suitors galore for Jason Kubel, one of the league's top hitters, who is due to be a free agent. The Twins also have free agent-to-be Michael Cuddyer, lefty starter Francisco Liriano, and who knows whether they would deal veteran Carl Pavano, who hasn't pitched well this season? The Twins usually don't sell off, but with impending free agents, they might.
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