Minnesota Twins: Winter Meetings are over, what’s next for the Twins?
A booming bat
While the Twins have a nearly-full roster coming back currently, they would like to boost the production from their DH spot. Whether that’s from internal sources or external ones, the Twins will be looking at boosting the power in their lineup.
The power-hitting first-baseman hit very well with the Colorado Rockies in 2017, posting a .267/.352/.487 with 30 home runs and drove in 97 runs for the Rockies. He does strike out plenty, but his power bat would be a welcome addition to the lineup.
Bautista has enjoyed a very positive career hitting in Target Field during his Blue Jays career, putting up incredible numbers in the Twins ballpark. While he struggled to handle outfield and produce in 2017 with the Blue Jays, he could have one more season as a DH-only type of bat, especially in a park where he’s experienced such a high level of success previously. He should be able to be signed for a fairly reasonable amount as well.
Werth is coming off a big contract with the Nationals where he was injured most of the last couple seasons of the deal. A consummate hard-worker and teammate, Werth is the type of clubhouse presence guy that would be ideal on the young Twins team. He’s also a guy who has significant right-handed power when he’s healthy, but the Twins would need to be comfortable that he would be healthy before making the move.
Defensively limited, Napoli is basically a DH at this point in his career at 36 years old. He’s also not likely going to hit for a great batting average, but if power from the right side is what you want, Napoli will certainly give it to you, and he can give it to you for a reasonable price.
While he’s combined to hit just .219 the last two seasons, he’s also hit 63 combined home runs while earning roughly $15 million combined between the Indians and Rangers.