No, the Minnesota Twins are not done adding bullpen arms in order to take advantage of possible bargains on the market
One of the arguments I have been making since the beginning of the offseason was that the Twins were in a good spot to sit back on the free agent market and take advantage of who fell to them.
The top end guys aren’t likely going to take a deal. Even the guy I’ve been very interested in seeing the Twins sign, lefty Tony Watson, is not likely going to sign for a single season, likely still having a market for multiple years, even if he doesn’t get the money that early signees received.
However, one area that could be a huge boon for the Twins would be waiting and offering either a cheap major league deal or a minor league deal with a spring training invite. The Twins saw huge value out of that same market in Matt Belisle and Dillon Gee last season, and while they did end up releasing Craig Breslow from that same market, that is the benefit of the low-risk contract of that market is that if the pitcher doesn’t perform, they’re an easy cut.
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Another area that the Twins could exploit in this offseason’s market due to open money in upcoming seasons would be a few high-quality relievers that are coming off of injury and could be signed for a multi-year deal as they either heal this season or an incentive-based deal as they return this season.
One major candidate that the Twins are already in contact with, per reports, is Trevor Rosenthal. The flame-throwing reliever had Tommy John surgery in August of 2017, and he’ll miss all of 2018, but a deal like the Twins gave to Michael Pineda could pull in Rosenthal, and he would offer an elite arm in the bullpen for 2019.
So, three of these four reasons could honestly make sense as an answer to the initial question posed. What do you think? Should the Twins be done and focus energy instead on starting pitching, a bat, or elsewhere? Should the Twins still be pushing hard in the reliever market? Somewhere in between? Comment below!