One year ago, the Twins were five games under .500 and five games out in the American League Central. Technically in a pennant race yet consistently inadequate since Opening Day, they could persuade general manager Bill Smith to neither buy nor sell.

That won't be an issue this season.

After a 4-3 loss to Baltimore on Thursday, July 19, the Twins sit 16 games below a .500 mark they haven't threatened since early April and 12 games behind first-place Chicago in their division. It all has Terry Ryan, who took over as the Twins' GM in November, convinced he needs to move some product.

And no position or player, Ryan said Thursday, is off limits.

"Not in the situation we're in," he said. "I think that would be foolish."