The Minnesota Twins are in search of pitching first and foremost when it comes to free agency this offseason. Another large area needing to be address is the outfield. The Twins have Eddie Rosario as a potential in house left field option, but they could be looking at the market as well. A potential name to watch is Alex Rios.
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Alex Rios is coming off of his first full season with the Texas Rangers. Having been traded to Texas by the Chicago White Sox in 2013, the 33 year old is still a relatively big name around Major League Baseball. However, as 2014 was a season that saw injuries nag Rios, he likely could be had at somewhat of a discount. Likely looking for a one year deal, the Twins may be a fit.
Last season, Alex Rios .280/.311/.398 with four home runs, 54 runs batted in, and stole 17 bases across 131 games. He still has plenty of speed, and plays a solid outfield. The fact that he brings right handed pop to the line up is also a plus.
Should the Twins be able to lure him into the fold for a one year deal south of $9 million, I would be all on board. Rios has the ability to play both corner outfield spots and provides outfield flexibility. He also could be a very important asset to a young player like Rosario looking to learn the position at the major league level.
Look for both the Twins and Rios to see the free agency market continue to heat up in the coming weeks.