Taking a chance on a top free agent is something that the Twins must consider.
The Twins took a couple of low-cost, low-risk gambles in free agency last offseason. By signing Lance Lynn and Logan Morrison, the Twins were hoping to hit paydirt. If the additions paid off the way the Twins had envisioned they may be still playing right now. Unfortunately, they served mixed results for the Twins.
Lynn performed well enough for the Twins to deal him to the New York Yankees. In return for Lynn, the Twins received 26-year-old first baseman Tyler Austin. The Twins view Austin a future everyday player. He could answer the Twins power struggles.
While Lynn performed well, Morrison had a difficult time at the plate. He hit below the Mendoza line with an abysmal .186 batting average and a .644 OPS.
Just because free agency did not truly bear fruit the Twins should not be discouraged. A projected 2019 payroll of $46.5 million leaves the Twins with some wiggle room to add a prized free agent or two. The historically frugal organization should take a plunge.
No one expects the Twins to announce a Bryce Harper signing, however, a second-tier free agent such as Colorado Rockies‘ second baseman DJ LeMahieu makes sense. Can the Twins lure the now 30-year-old with the tune of three years and $39 million? They should try.