The Minnesota Twins have experience a rather putrid 2014, that’s not debatable. Right now, Minnesota is staring another 90 loss season in the face. However, things aren’t as bleak as they look, and there are quite a few pieces to build around. When it comes to free agency, a name to watch for the Twins is Yasmany Tomas.
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Are the Twins ever going to be a top-tier spending team? Of course not. That being said, if there is a time for Twins fans to monitor spending, it is over the next couple of offseasons.
A basic principle in baseball (although not commonly grasped), amongst small market teams, is to spend while supplementing you’re in house talent. The Twins are at or near that threshold. With major league pieces now, and the arrival of Miguel Sanos, Byron Buxton, and the like coming, spending soon makes sense.
The Minnesota Twins are going to need some outfield help. Yasmany Tomas could provide exactly that. MLB.com’s Steve Adams suggests, “That’d be something in the future, however, if they could have Tomas and Sano in the middle of the lineup. Plus Vargas, if he keeps hitting.”
Tomas is a recent Cuban defector and displayed some immense power for the Cuban team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He would likely fit perfectly in left field for the Twins, and could give them versatility with Aaron Hicks should he prove himself in the last go round.
While the losses have mounted, one thing has been apparent. A Joe Mauer, Kennys Vargas, and Oswaldo Arcia middle of the lineup is a nice set to look at. Throw in Miguel Sano and Yasmany Tomas; watch Target Field start to play incredibly small.