1. CF Byron Buxton
2. SS Jorge Polanco
3. 2B Brian Dozier
4. DH J.D. Martinez
5. 3B Miguel Sano
6. 1B Eric Hosmer
7. LF Eddie Rosario
8. RF Max Kepler
9. C Jason Castro
Of course, this ain’t happening, but it’s alright to dream. In reality, J.D. Martinez would fill the Twins need for a power bat from the right side of the plate. Additionally, he wouldn’t have to play the outfield with the likes of Byron Buxton, Max Kepler, and Eddie Rosario. Basically, he’s not a very good defensive player, so the DH role would be his for the taking.
Along with Martinez, this lineup boasts Eric Hosmer, who’s spent the entirety of his career with the Kansas City Royals. Honestly, I wish the Twins would make a move for the 28-year-old as he’s entering the prime of his career and already boasts four Gold Gloves, an All-Star appearance, a Silver Slugger, and a World Series ring. Not to mention, Joe Mauer is heading into the last season of his deal, so there’s going to be a need at first base in 2018.
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Now, some say prospect Brent Rooker is the first baseman of the future for the Twins, but if there’s a way to get Hosmer, you do it. Realistically, Minnesota could afford Hosmer, although Hosmer AND Martinez is a different story. That’s what makes this a fantasy lineup. That, and the fact Joe Mauer isn’t in the lineup.
While I respect what Mauer has been able to do in his career with the Twins, it’s about time for his time as the Twins first baseman to end. He’s by no means a bad player, but he just isn’t the star he used to be. He definitely hasn’t warranted the annual $23 million salary he’s received the last seven seasons. Sure, they’d never cut him, but I wouldn’t mind giving someone else his starting role, especially if this fantasy world existed.
Realistically, the Twins boast one of the better lineups in the league as is. In fact, they should be able to build on the offensive numbers they put up in 2017. In all likelihood, championship level success depends on how Minnesota improves their pitching staff in the offseason, so let’s hope Minnesota can put it all together for the 2018 season.