Free Agency: Twins To Pass On Colby Rasmus

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The Minnesota Twins recently signed Torii Hunter to a one-year deal bringing him back to the place where his major league career started. While fans have applauded the move bringing one of their favorites back to Target Field, it doesn’t fill the outfield hole that the Twins needed to address. It appears that Colby Rasmus won’t be an option for Minnesota either.

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Going into the offseason, the two most logical deficiencies for the Twins were in the starting rotation and the outfield. Minnesota needed to add another quality arm to the top of the rotation, they did that in Ervin Santana. In adding Hunter however, they didn’t address a defensive upgrade on either of the corner outfield spots, in fact it may have made things worse. With Oswaldo Arcia in left field, and Hunter slated for right, Twins pitchers will have to hope for plenty of balls hit directly at outfielders.

In looking at the free-agent market for a defensive upgrade, Colby Rasmus was a name that stuck out as a potential Twins option. With above average speed, and solid defensive ability, he profiled as a player the Twins could make use of. He is a streaky hitter, but that was something the Twins likely could have lived with. It appears however, that the Twins will be passing on Rasmus.

Darren Wolfson is reporting that the club is not in on Rasmus to any extent.

It’s not the worst thing as Rasmus will likely command a decent amount of money from a contender, but his addition could have improved the outfield defense, and in turn been an asset to what has been a shaky pitching staff. Look for the Twins and Paul Molitor to make significant use of defensive replacements in the corner outfield spots late in games in 2015.

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