One thing I've noticed this offseason is that the Twins seem to be following a curious pattern.
So, they signed Christian Vazquez, right? He's a pretty decent hitting catcher, a very good defender and swings from the right side.
They also traded for Michael A. Taylor, a right-handed hitter with some speed and terrific defense.
To some extent too, the Twins bringing back Carlos Correa is also maybe a signal for another player they though
It makes sense that the Twins didn't want to match the deal for Correa from a years standpoint but the AAV was just a shade under $28 million per year. That's more than $7 million less than the Twins paid him last year, which should have been attainable right?
We've seen a wave of deals with longer terms, and it's because teams are using them to kind of skirt the luxury tax. Correa's going to get that money whether he plays 8, 10 or 13 years but the implications are that the Giants can work
MLB is announcing the top rated prospects. I am pleased to see that the Twins have the 10th rated SS with Brooks Lee, who was rated as the top hitting SS prospect. Royce Lewis was not in the top 10, but was mentioned in the article as being on the fringe of the top 10 at SS. Julian is #7 at 2B and is rated as the 2B prospect who has made the most improvements in the shortest amount of time and who has risen the farthest. MLB mentioned that Jose Miranda had graduated off of last year's top 10 rankings at 3B. When we add Carlos Correa and all his superlatives to the equation at SS and a former all star SS, Polanco, currently at 2B...that is impressive. 1B will hopefully be manned by Kirilloff, who is still very young (remember he was drafted out of HS) and very promising as a fielder at a relatively new position, where his play looks smooth, and if his wrist is fixed, he can be a very promising hitter, with some power. The Twins' OF is current loaded with award winning defensive outfielders, but probably not any highly ranked OF prospects. I feel Larnach is the most likely to become an impressive young OF'er or possibly Wallner or Martin , who has underperformed in pro ball so far, based on his draft position. Catching is by far the Twins weakest group of prospects. The Twins should attempt to trade for Henry Davis of the Pirates, who have 2 catchers ranked in the top 10 prospects. Davis is rated as having the best catching arm among the prospects. The Mets also have 2 catchers in the top ten list of prospects and both will probably be good hitters in the majors. In fact the Mets' prospect catcher, Alvarez, is rated as being the best hitting prospect of all prospects, and ranked #1 among all prospects. So I expect he will be the first choice to catch for the Mets. Possibly that will free up the other top prospect catcher on the Mets, Parada, to be traded to the Twins. Now about those pitching prospects....