The Minnesota Twins have made a few moves this offseason but there are a few free agents remaining that would help them compete in 2019.
The Minnesota Twins have made two significant additions to their roster this offseason. Before the Winter Meetings had even begun the Twins had signed first baseman C.J. Cron and second baseman Jonathan Schoop to complete the right side of their 2019 infield.
Since then the rumblings out of the Twins front office has been pretty quiet. Which has been frustrating for fans as we expected a much different offseason with money from both Joe Mauer and Ervin Santana‘s contracts coming off of the books.
There is still a need to add pitching to the roster if the Twins plan on overtaking the Cleveland Indians in the division. The bullpen especially seems to have a need for at least one if not two established arms. An impact bat somewhere would also be very welcomed into the current lineup. Here are some of the remaining free agents the front office should consider.
Bryce Harper and Manny Machado
I will lead this section off by saying this. Neither of these guys are coming to the Twins. It isn’t even necessarily because the Twins play in mid-market Minnesota or that they will cost too much. It is more that the Twins front office just doesn’t seem to want either of these players.
The reality is that both of these players would be able to help out the Twins line up as each would represent the addition of another impact bat. Manny Machado would be easier to fit into the lineup since he could slot into third base and Miguel Sano could simply slide over to first base and DH.
Bryce Harper would be a bit trickier to fit into the lineup with a full complement of outfielders. Harper is the sort of player that if he is coming to your team you make room for him. Harper’s presence would allow the Twins to trade some of their current outfield depth to fill other needs. Basically, it would be what the Los Angeles Dodgers appear to be doing right now after their trade with the Cincinnati Reds.
Like I said at the beginning of this section. This isn’t happening. The Twins front office seems to be going in a different direction than our desires as fans. With the Twins potential payroll money available to them they should still be trying to get in on one of these two players.