Players the Minnesota Twins need to target in free agency this offseason

Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins returns to the dugout. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 29: Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins hits an RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning of the game on September 29, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

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Joe Mauer

Starting with the obvious, if Joe Mauer wants to come back he likely has a spot with the Twins. Considering everything we saw that last week I’d be surprised if he returned. Still a solid player that gets on base no matter what stats show.

Possible contract: 1 Year, $10 Million

Nelson Cruz

Signing Nelson Cruz probably won’t happen but you never know. His production has remained consistent but could start to decline as he is 37 years old. Cruz would be an excellent DH option but he is going to get decent last contract.

Possible contract: 2-3 years, $30 Million

Logan Morrison

Most Twins fans don’t want to see Logan Morrison back but if he’s healthy I wouldn’t mind seeing what he’s got. Can decline his option and sign him for cheaper.

Possible contract: 1 year, $4 Million

Trevor Plouffe

Trevor Plouffe is a name from the past. If the Twins want to roll with what they have in Tyler Austin and have a rotating option at DH with Garver and Cave they could try to add a bench player.  Plouffe is a well respected leader which will be needed this upcoming season.

Possible contract: Minor league deal with Spring Training Invite.

Starting Pitcher

Not sure how much of a need this is with all the in house options for the Twins but you can never have enough pitchers.

The two biggest starting pitching free agents are Patrick Corbin and Dallas Keuchel. Both are going to command a big time payday. Would be a nice addition to rotation but going to be out of price range I believe.

Any additions after those two won’t move the needle enough to significantly upgrade the rotation. There are some cheaper 4 or 5 starter types including Jamie Garcia, Drew Pomeranz, Tyson Ross Garrett Richards, Jeremy Hellickson, and Matt Harvey