Minnesota Twins: Saying goodbye to Kennys Vargas

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 26: Eduardo Escobar
TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 26: Eduardo Escobar /

The Minnesota Twins Opening Day roster is coming into focus. Yesterday, the Twins made a couple of moves, making the picture even more clear.

The Minnesota Twins designated Kennys Vargas for assignment on Friday bringing his time with the team to a close. Fans who remember what happened with David Ortiz wanted to see the organization give Vargas more opportunities with the team. However, Vargas is not the next Ortiz, and it is time for Minnesota to move on.

Why this move makes sense

Vargas has a career .252 batting average across 859 plate appearances during his four-year MLB career. However, he has yet to tap into his considerable amount of power while with the Twins. He has only 35 career home runs and never hit more than 11 in one single season.

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Strikeouts have also plagued Vargas since the beginning of his Minnesota Twins career. He sports a brutal 29.2% strikeout rate to go along with a terrible 7.6% walk rate. The Twins have been patient with Vargas, however, there just isn’t room for him on the roster anymore.

Vargas provides almost zero value and can play only one position, first base, defensively. Minnesota signed Logan Morrison to take the majority of at-bats at DH so Vargas is the odd man out. However, if he clears waivers, the Twins will love having in Triple-A.

However, the chances of Vargas clearing waivers are slim and his time with the organization is likely over. Vargas is still young and there is time for him to put it all together and that’s what Twins fans should be cheering for.

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