Top 3 Options for Twins
1. Eric Hosmer
Hosmer is the best option for the Twins. Although I’m not optimistic they’ll actually sign him, he’d give Minnesota their first baseman of the future. Joe Mauer is heading into the final season of an eight-year deal, so his career with the Twins is in its twilight. By signing Hosmer, they don’t just get a power hitter, but a great contact hitter, fielder and teammate. The perfect fit for a young, promising team.
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2. Carlos Santana
Staying within the AL Central, Santana is another suitable fit for Minnesota as someone who can come in and add at least 20 home runs to the lineup. According to CBS Sports, he’s also had great success at Target Field hitting 14 homers, which is tied with Jose Bautista for most home runs by an opponent. Of course, Santana as well as Hosmer could resign with their respective squads or get more money elsewhere, but they are undoubtedly ideal fits with the Twins.
3. Jose Bautista
In a previous article, I covered that Mike Napoli could make a nice low risk, high reward option, but it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t talk about Bautista. He’s been a Twins killer over the years, especially at Target Field. Additionally, he is not resigning with Toronto after they declined an option in his contract. In turn, Minnesota may be able to sign him for a reasonable price and use him as their designated hitter. Even at 37, he still has some pop in his bat and he could put that Target Field magic to work as a member of the Twins.
Again, the Minnesota Twins should prioritize pitching in free agency, but adding another power bat wouldn’t hurt an already promising lineup. That being said, check back with Sporting Sota for all the latest Twins news, opinion and analysis throughout the offseason!