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Adding an Outfielder for the 2020 Twins

Posted by Ted Schwerzler , 21 October 2019 · 1,365 views

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The Minnesota Twins are going to have significant moves to make this offseason. Rather than being measured by the number of acquisitions, it is going to be the impact that each players makes to tell the story. The front office has already suggested that impact pitching is going to be the focus, but what about making sure all the grass is covered in the outfield? Byron Buxton was hurt again, and Eddie Rosario may be on the move. Where does that leave Rocco Baldelli?

In 2019 the Twins were very deep in the outfield, until they weren’t. With Rosario, Buxton, and Max Kepler all healthy the outfield was among the best in baseball. Unfortunately, that trio was separated a significant amount of time this last season, and when Buxton was shelved, the strain was felt by the German and eventually led to injury. So rather then signing a good amount of veteran depth to fill out the Triple-A roster in case of emergency, having more than just Jake Cave to turn to could be a logical decision.

Should the Twins move on from a starter, Rosario in this case, signing a free agent to a one-year deal that allows flexibility for a prospect like Trevor Larnach or Alex Kirilloff to take over makes sense. Fortunately, there’s a few options I like:

Corey Dickerson

The former Tampa Bay Rays Gold Glover was DFA’d following an All-Star season in 2017. He then won a Gold Glove in 2019 and was dealt from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia last season. He’s only an option on the corners, but his career .823 OPS will play in any big-league lineup. Dealing with injury for much of the season, Dickerson played just 78 games. He made $8.5 million in 2019 and could be looking for an opportunity to establish health and generate one more payday. He’ll be 31 next year.

Matt Joyce

I’m not in love with this option, but Joyce is a corner outfielders that gets on base at a ridiculous clip. He played in 129 games for the Braves this season and posted a .408 OBP. Power isn’t really part of his game anymore, and he’s going to be 35 years old. He made just $1.25 million in 2019 though and would represent a very replaceable veteran commodity should Larnach or Kirilloff force Minnesota’s hand early.

Cameron Maybin

Of the veteran types, this is probably my favorite option. Although Maybin will be 33 and isn’t the same speedster he once was, he can play all three outfield spots and that takes a significant load off the manager’s shoulders. He had to wait for an opportunity but got 82 games in with the Yankees and posted a career best .858 OPS (and 11 HRs). That could come down due to the expected ball changes, but he’s a defensive commodity you can rely on.

Avisail Garcia

Of the names on the list, Garcia is the only one certain to be seeking a long-term deal. The days of Mini Miggy are long gone, but with a .796 OPS at 28-years-old he should be seeking a consistent home. Garcia was an All Star two years ago with the White Sox, but his .885 OPS hasn’t been replicated either of the past two years. He’d be a fine replacement on the corners for the Twins and is arguably a depth upgrade as well. Even on a multi-year deal the bank isn’t getting broken here.

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I hope they don't replace Rosario with anyone from this list.

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Kelly Vance
Oct 21 2019 10:07 PM

Eddie is not going anywhere. 

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I think that like Buxton and Kepler, Rosario will remain a Twin. He is somewhat of a head case but he's very valuable and this isn't the time to cut him. But they do need a spare or two to play if/when the likely injuries happen. I wouldn't re-sign Cave. He had one little spurt but overall Twins can do better. I think DeAza would have been a better choice on Sept 1.

I just don't see Rosario going anywhere at this time. He is a very, very nice player and a lot of teams would love to have him. He'd probably even play CF for a few teams. But by himself, he won't bring in a stud pitcher. Part of a package, yes. But then you create a hole. And the top prospects aren't ready to replace him yet. And, unfortunately, there are still questions about Buxton being healthy.

The Twins have tons of milb depth to trade for a quality SP, if that is the direction they go. And you like to deal from depth. That depth does exist in the minors as part of a deal. Not traded, that depth could allow for a trade of Rosario before 2021.

Dickerson is probably the best option for me.Unlike others, I beleive Eddie WILL be on the move.Dickerson gives Larnach and Kiriloff at least half the year to make the jump.Dickerson is a good glove and a bat with some sock.Eddie needs to be moved for a starting pitcher.Reunite him with Escobar in Arizona in a package for Robbie Ray and Bradley.  

Oct 24 2019 01:59 AM

Luke Raley is having a good Fall (hitter of the week) after being injured last year. (Ankle). He is a good fielder (plays some CF and 1B) and bats left-handed.