The team is still attempting to put together as many options as possible for manager Paul Molitor to put together the best bench feasible.
While names haven’t been leaked, the Twins have reportedly been seeking a backup catcher. One consideration is that Mitch Garver could be a prime trade target with his quality defense and power at the plate. Garver could also be utilized in a three-catcher system, getting multiple starts per week at catcher, first base, and designated hitter to get his bat in the lineup, making use of a third catcher as a backup on days when Garver is playing another position.
The Twins also have a need for catchers in the upper minors, so signing catchers willing to take a minor league contract would be advantageous to create system depth as well.
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The Twins have been grabbing multiple infielders on minor league deals to this point, and they were very happy with Ehire Adrianza last season in the role of backup infielder along with Eduardo Escobar, but if Escobar is forced into playing third base due to Miguel Sano struggling to return to the field from his leg injury, that could weaken the bench depth and require more than a minor league infielder.
So far talks have been for minor league deals with players, but the Twins could target players with more intent if Sano is showing issues in early February. Some players that could be of interest would be Stephen Drew, Darwin Barney, Jace Peterson, or Cliff Pennington.
Which move may be coming next is anyone’s guess! What move would you like to see come out next?