Before you get too excited, it appears that the Minnesota Twins have made their big splash this offseason in signing free agent starting pitcher, Ervin Santana. Torii Hunter brings some offensive help in the outfield, but despite being linked to Asdrubal Cabrera, it doesn’t appear that the talks are gaining any steam.
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Last week, Jon Heyman reported that the Twins were among the teams interested in the former Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals infielder. Despite appearing to be set in the infield with Trevor Plouffe, Danny Santana, and Brian Dozier, Minnesota was apparently doing their homework.
Now Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi is reporting that the list of teams still in on Asdrubal Cabrera doesn’t seem to appear to include the Twins.
While it might have been exciting for the Twins to add another power hitting infielder into the fold, the fact that they were in on Cabrera to any extent might be a further indication of how they feel about Danny Santana. With Santana slated to start the season at shortstop and complete the move from center field, it would appear to be a negative sign to bring in competition for someone deemed the shortstop of the future.
Asdrubal Cabrera makes much more sense for the teams mentioned in Morosi’s tweet, and most importantly the Yankees. With only Didi Gregorius seeming like a fit at shortstop, Cabrera could slide back over to the position he became familiar with for the Cleveland Indians.
Unfortunately for those looking to the Twins to make another big splash in free agency, it doesn’t appear that it will come in the form of Asdrubal Cabrera. Things could change, and the Twins have shown they can spend plenty of money this offseason, but this doesn’t look like a train with much steam.