Minnesota Twins Offseason Free Agent Wish List
Minnesota Twins free agent and arbitration decisions
First, the easy ones – Hector Santiago, Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee, and Matt Belisle are unrestricted free agents, able to sign wherever they’d please. The Twins could offer a qualifying offer on them, but with the cost of the qualifying offer going up to $18.1M this season, the Twins are unlikely to offer on any of these three.
Glen Perkins has an option for 2018. That could be very interesting, as it is not terribly expensive, at $6.5M, but the buyout is extremely cheap at $700K, so the Twins could buy out the option and even re-sign Perkins for less than the $6.5M number.
Here are were some interesting decisions will lie. While not an expert, I’ll provide a general idea of a salary range for each arbitration eligible player as well:
Kyle Gibson – $3M-$4.5M
Eduardo Escobar – $3M-#4M
Anthony Recker – $1M
Ryan Pressly – $1.5M-$2.5M
Chris Gimenez – $1M-$2M
Ehire Adrianza – $750K-$1.5M
Trevor May – $650K-$1M
Robbie Grossman – $1M-$3M
Michael Tonkin – $650K-$1M
I could absolutely see the Twins not offering a contract to any of their arbitration-eligible players, or choosing to offer to one of Escobar or Adrianza, but not both. However, losing those arms and bench pieces would create a need for the Twins roster.
Let’s take a look at how they could fill that:
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