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Article: Could the Twins Extend Alex Kirilloff or Royce Lewis?

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#1 Cody Christie

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 08:00 PM

Extending young players has become the new normal in baseball. Some young players are willing to give up free agent years for more financial stability. In some situations, teams have been able to work out those contracts with unestablished big-league players. Team friendly deals seem to be trending and that could benefit the Twins.

Is it possible Minnesota may engage Alex Kirilloff or Royce Lewis in extension talks within the next 12 months?Atlanta Braves Deals
Baseball was a little up in arms last week with the extension signed my Ozzie Albies. The All-Star second baseman signed a contract that will guarantee him $45 million over the next nine seasons. With multiple top tier players signing for $100 million or more this off-season, this deal was seen as a relative bargain.

The Braves also locked up Ronald Acuna Jr. this off-season to a deal that was also considered a bargain. Coming off a Rookie of the Year campaign, he signed an eight-year deal for $100 million. Acuna is a five-tool player with the ability to impact multiple facets of the game. This puts him in a different category than Albies, but Atlanta was able to work out two very team friendly contracts.

Eloy Jimenez Extension
Another intriguing extension was the one handed out by a division rival. The Chicago White Sox were able to work out a unique deal with one of their top prospects. Eloy Jimenez had yet to appear in a big-league game and the club signed him to a six-year, $43 million contract. It includes a pair of club options and can max out around $77 million.

One unique aspect of this deal was there was no need to manipulate service time. He was under contract and the White Sox aren’t going to be in contention this season. This allows him to take his licks at with the big-league club. Entering play on Tuesday, he was hitting .268/.328/.393 with three extra-base hits in 15 games.

Possible Twins Extensions
When looking at Alex Kirilloff and Royce Lewis, there are plenty of things to consider. Minnesota’s outfield seems like it is in good shape with the likes of Eddie Rosario, Max Kepler and Byron Buxton. Kirilloff’s bat might be MLB ready but the outfield seems a little jammed at this point.

Kirilloff’s best option might be a move to first base. Minnesota has already stated that he will be getting plenty of time at first base this season. There is also an opening at first base for the 2020 season. Kirilloff has yet to play this season, so it will be intriguing to see how much time he gets at first.

Lewis is certainly in a different situation. He might be able to come up and succeed at the big-league level, but what’s the rush? He’s starting this season at Fort Myers where he is almost 2.5 years younger than the competition. He had a great 2018 campaign, but he likely won’t have a shot at debuting until 2021. Jorge Polanco is doing more than holding down shortstop at this point.

Lewis might be able to land a contract higher than Acuna, but there are plenty of hurdles facing him in the years ahead. If he follows in Acuna’s footsteps and wins the AL Rookie of the Year, then the Twins can start taking about a long-term extension.

The Boras Question
Scott Boras, the baseball super-agent, might be standing in the way of Minnesota getting any long-term deals in place. Forbes has named Boras as the most powerful sports agent in the world for six consecutive seasons. This off-season he negotiated Bryce Harper’s massive free agent deal. He has negotiated more than ten contracts worth over than $100 million including Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Chris Davis.

Kirilloff and Lewis are both represented by Boras. Of the trio mentioned above (Acuna, Albies and Jimenez), none are represented by Boras. Boras likes his clients to test the open waters of free agency, but free agency hasn’t been as lucrative in recent years. Could Boras buck the trend and give up some free agent years for Kirilloff or Lewis? We will all have to wait and see…

Do you think Kirilloff or Lewis will sign an extension in the next 12 months? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion.

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#2 Mike Sixel

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 09:01 PM

Both got money already. No way they rip them off like Atlanta did. Also, their families aren't in bad situations.

I'm guessing no.
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Posted 16 April 2019 - 09:51 PM

I'm sure multiple people reading this thread could attest to how great of a person Royce is.He's phenomenal on and off the field.Don't know as much about Kirilloff, but I know many people in the organization view him as the real deal.So far the ONLY thing that really bothers me about these gentlemen who seem to have their heads on straight is the fact that they've hired Boras to represent them.

They're smart and wise beyond their years.They knew that Boras was a great way to solidify their financial future.


...just can't stand the work that Boras does.

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 10:04 PM

I'd say let's let these guys see some major league pitching before we offer them long term, high dollar contracts.

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 08:16 AM

When is Kirilloff back on the field?

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 09:38 AM

Twins fans are always hoping for the future and wincing at the present. Gibson once again collapsed last night in his last inning after dominating in his first innings. Twins starters not named Berrios can't seem to go more than 5 or 6 innings, meaning our only 3 trusted relievers get over used leading to late inning losses.


Many of you may think this blasphemous, but maybe at some point we trade a top pick like Lewis when he has his highest value for a proven player or two to help us today. Polanco is looking like he could remain at SS for another ten years. It would have been crazy to even think of trading Buxton or Sano five years ago at the height of their value. What is their value today? I don't see Cron as a long term fixture at 1B so we need to keep Kiriloff. I love Lewis' potential but with a good SS already here and our OF looking very solid is he more valuable to bring in good established players to help now and in the future?

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 11:07 AM

Lewis and Kirilloff need to wait in line. I'm guessing we will extend one or two of Rosario, Buxton, Sano, or Berrios.

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 07:44 PM

I'd hardly call something that's happened a half dozen times out of thousands of minor leaguers "the new norm."


I'd say no to this, but that's based on how the old regime operated. I honestly don't think it makes any sense to lock up a player before their arb years.

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 11:59 AM

This is the season that will showcase both. Where they stand in the organization. Enough to be added, late in the season, to the 40-man and get one of the valuable September callup spots. Or do the Twins wait until mid-202 and then do the negotiation. I don't see either coming to the majors this season, with Nick Gordon needing a looksee first, and also the roadblocks currently in the outfield (with Raley and Rooker in the wings).

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 03:48 PM

I always take the car for test drive, no matter how shiny and nice it looks sitting on the lot.....

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