The Twins have bolstered their roster over the offseason, but I think we can all admit that the Twins could have strengthened it up a little bit more. They still do have a chance to do that. Three big free agents are left on the market: Stephen Drew, Ervin Santana and Kendrys Morales.
Along with these guys being big names, they also require a compensation pick. Meaning if the Twins were to sign any of the three they would lose a draft pick, but they shouldn’t be a huge deterrent. Sometimes you need to sacrifice a little to get a little better.
Kendrys Morales would not be a smart signing due to his positional standing of first baseman/designated hitter. The Twins have Joe Mauer located at first for the foreseeable future and have plenty of guys to fill the DH spot, too.
Stephen Drew is an interesting case. Projected starting shortstop Pedro Florimon hasn’t played this spring after his appendectomy, but it probably won’t affect his standing. The Twins already have two other shortstops with Eduardo Escobar and Jason Bartlett, but there really is no comparison between the current Twins at short and Stephen Drew.
Ervin Santana would pencil in nicely to the Twins rotation. It’s still not solid who the Twins fifth starter is going to be and the addition of this Santana would surely solidify the rotation to start the year. The Twins do have plenty of young arms that are ready to take the spot and run with it.
If the Twins were to let that pick go, who should they sign? Should they continue to try to bolster the starting rotation and make a run at Ervin Santana or should they seemingly improve the infield with the addition of Stephen Drew?
I’m in the Drew camp, even with it denying the #Eddie400 campaign. Young pitchers are coming as soon as just a month in or two into the season, while I’m not certain of the future for the shortstop position for the Minnesota Twins. But I’m just one vote in the democracy that is Twins Territory.