The Twins have to think about more than the near-term when they consider trades, whereas the Lynx are built for this season and perhaps one or two more at the top.

That said, there is also this: Even though the Twins are contending for a playoff spot a year or two early, here they are. In a mediocre American League, they would be in the postseason if the playoffs started today, and anyone who gets in is just a hot streak away from winning it all.

It sounds as if they are working on making a deal, particularly for a relief pitcher. That's good. But they've watched division-leading Kansas City nab Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist, and now the wild card-contending Blue Jays have acquired shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

The Twins need reinforcements — and they need to be more than token acquisitions. That doesn't mean sacrificing the future, but it does mean recognizing the opportunity in the present.

The Lynx have made the kinds of trades a team of their stature and expectations needs to make; and now the Twins, relative to their position, must do the same.

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