It was reported on Thursday that the Minnesota Twins had agreed to a trade to acquire Atlanta Braves starter Jaime Garcia. Medical reports were still being evaluated as well, but the deal was said to be "very close to final".
Garcia earns $12 million this season, and is still owed roughly $4.7 million for the remaining two months.
At this stage in his career, he can definitely make for a useful starter in the back end of a rotation, which is what the Royals were hoping for and something the Twins could definitely use seeing as they are now relying on Adalberto Mejía and Bartolo Colon as their fourth and fifth starters. In addition to Colon, Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios, the Twins' current rotation also includes rookie left-hander Adalberto Mejia and right-hander Kyle Gibson.
Garcia has spent the majority of his injury-interrupted career with the Cardinals, going 62-45 with a 3.57 ERA in eight seasons for St. Louis.
In his last start, Garcia pitched a fantastic game throwing seven innings of one-run baseball, allowing only four hits while walking three and striking out seven.
The trade would send a trio of prospects to Atlanta, including starting pitcher.
Garcia has made seven postseason starts, including two solid World Series outings (1.80 ERA) in 2011 against Thad Levine's Texas Rangers.
Blair has a 4.92 ERA in 17 starts this season at Triple-A Gwinnett. The Twins are in a spot where they don't want to make a deal that hurts their farm system moving forward as they look to compete long-term, but with being only a half game from an AL Central division crown, making a move like this could give them the opportunity to capitalize on an unexpectedly good season, without harming their future.