Regardless of lacking Byron Buxton for half the yr to harm and Carlos Correa’s continued struggles offensively, the Minnesota Twins rode the backs of a robust pitching workers to win the AL Central this yr. The fitting offseason additions would possibly put the group in a spot to carry onto the division title for years to return.
Alex Verdugo, OF, Boston Purple Sox
The Twins’ outfield group has been fairly strong this yr, regardless of Buxton lacking vital time. The group’s determination final offseason to usher in Michael A. Taylor proved to be a smart one as he was known as on to exchange Buxton defensively. Joey Gallo will doubtless go away in free company, that means the Twins will as soon as once more be on the lookout for somebody to assist work into the combo.
Studies have circulated because the commerce deadline that Boston might make Verdugo accessible this offseason and there could also be a slot in Minnesota. Verdugo spent all of 2023 in proper discipline however he has time in any respect three outfield positions. The 27-year-old batted .268/.326/.430 on the yr. 2024 shall be his last season of arbitration eligibility.
Brady Singer, RHP, Kansas Metropolis Royals
Fronted by a pair of arms (Pablo López and Sonny Grey) who each ought to determine into the AL Cy Younger Award dialogue, the Twins rotation has been among the many recreation’s greatest this season. Grey is second within the league in each ERA and pitching WAR whereas López is difficult for the strikeout crown. Grey shall be a free agent at season’s finish, nonetheless, and there is a good likelihood he is pitching himself right into a profitable deal the Twins will not be prepared to match.
Singer’s availability is unclear. He is arguably the most effective arm on the Royals roster and if the group hopes to contend it might make sense to construct round Singer moderately than commerce him. Until, after all, a proposal comes alongside that simply is sensible. Since debuting through the 2020 season, Singer has been a fixture within the Royals rotation and has thrown greater than 500 innings for the group, posting a 4.49 ERA and 1.345 WHIP.
Enrique Hernández, IF/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
Royce Lewis has emerged as an actual star. Edouard Julien confirmed he can hit MLB pitching. Prime prospect Brooks Lee is probably going shut, if not able to step into an on a regular basis position. Plus, Correa continues to be below contract and there must be hope he’ll hit higher than the .230/.312/.399 line he is produced this season. Minnesota does not essentially must purpose large this offseason for added infield assist.
That stated, there may very well be a match for Hernández in Minnesota. The versatile veteran has proven he can deal with a number of positions over his profession. He would additionally convey an actual presence to the clubhouse, as Hernández has been broadly well-liked wherever he is performed.