Less than a week remains in February and the Minnesota Twins 40-man roster is taking shape. There are still a lot of options available in free agency and Minnesota could be on the cusp of making a move.
Today, the Minnesota Twins announced that they have placed J.T. Chargois on outright waivers, clearing a space on the 40-man roster. However, the Twins still have the chance to retain his services if he passes through waivers. That is a big risk to take for Minnesota because Chargois has potential through the roof.
Chargois appeared in only two games in Triple-A last season before experiencing elbow discomfort. He was later diagnosed with a stress reaction and didn’t require surgery. However, it has been an uphill battle for Chargois during his return.
Chargois had an uneventful debut season for the Twins in 2016 pitching in 25 games with a 4.70 ERA. However, he dominated in the Minor Leagues and had the look of a future closer. His best season came during his 39 game stretch in the Minors in 2016. Chargois pitched 46 2/3 innings with a remarkable 1.35 ERA and 55 strikeouts.
What does this move mean for the Minnesota Twins?
The Minnesota Twins removing Chargois could have multiple implications. The hope of Twins fans is they’ll add another free agent. If Minnesota can bring in another starting pitcher that would be huge for the 2018 season. Otherwise, this roster is pretty well set.
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The acquisition of Jake Odorizzi will pay huge dividends for the Twins this season. However, with Ervin Santana on the shelf to start the year, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to add another arm. A reunion of Odorizzi and Alex Cobb would put this team into the World Series conversation.
We’ve covered Cobb extensively here at Puckett’s Pond, so I won’t rehash any of those stats. He has had a lot of success in Major League Baseball, when he has been healthy. However, that has been the problem for Cobb in recent years so there’s risk that comes along with signing him.
Jake Arrieta and Lance Lynn also remain on the open market. Arrieta is not worth the cost he is commanding so the Twins should stay away. Lynn on the other hand has started 30 or more games 5 times during his career, and according to Jon Heyman the Minnesota Twins have shown more interest in recent days.
However, the Minnesota Twins may have made this move in order to add one of their own players to the 40-man roster. The system is strong and there are a few players on the cusp of Major League action. However, that’s nothing for Twins fans to be excited about. For the sake of excitement, let’s hope for a free agent signing.