How Many Roster Spots are Locked in for 2021?
Image courtesy of © Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY SportsEvery offseason we like to focus on the players who will be moving around either by trade or free agency, but why not switch it up? Let's look at the players on the Twins roster who have about a 95% chance to start the season where they're currently projected. This will also give us an update to where the team still has to improve!
Let's see how many players on the 25 man roster the Twins could still be having conversations about and who is locked into their spot.
Infield/catcher locks (3/5):
- Mitch Garver, C
- Miguel Sano, 1B
- ??, 2B
- ??, SS
- Josh Donaldson, 3B
The positions not listed here, shortstop and second base, will hopefully be cleared soon. If the Twins acquire a player like Trevor Story or Andrelton Simmons, who will play second base? That is yet to be seen, but the rumors are flying high.
Outfield locks (2/3):
- ??, LF
- Byron Buxton, CF
- Max Kepler, RF
Rotation locks (3/5):
- Kenta Maeda
- Jose Berrios
- Michael Pineda
Bullpen locks (6/8):
- Taylor Rogers
- Tyler Duffey
- Jorge Alcala
- Hansel Robles
- Caleb Thielbar
- Cody Stashak
Bench locks (2/4):
- Ryan Jeffers, C
- Jake Cave, OF
According to my finished list, the Twins have 16 of their 25 roster spots basically ready to go. The other 9 will be confirmed or adjusted by the time Spring Training comes to a close.
Will the Twins make a big trade or two? What about getting that big name free agent? Only time will tell. A chunk of this will also depend on the Nelson Cruz decision.
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