Minnesota Twins: Non-Tendered free agents of interest

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OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Mike Fiers #50 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum on September 22, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Mike Fiers #50 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum on September 22, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /
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MILWAUKEE, WI – SEPTEMBER 09: Jonathan Schoop #5 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a grand slam against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at Miller Park on September 9, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) /

2B Jonathan Schoop

Jonathan Schoop may very well qualify as the top option for the Twins on this list because he really is still a starting caliber player even if 2018 didn’t really show it. At the trade deadline, many teams may have very well been trying to decide whether to trade for Schoop or Brian Dozier. The Brewers landed Schoop, and while he struggled through 2018 he has been an All-Star second baseman in the past.

Just a season ago Schoop hit .293/.338/.503 with a .841 OPS and 32 home runs. The average was a bit of a surprise but the power has always been around so Schoop is worth a look and could become a candidate as the Twins search for a new starting second baseman in 2019.

OF Avisail Garcia

The Twins have seen plenty of Avisail Garcia over the years. He doesn’t truly fit on the Twins roster as he would be one more outfielder added to an already crowded mix, but he is a right-handed batter with some pop which is something the Twins need. The questions about Garcia is was his stand out 2017 a product of his .392 BABIP or is there a real chance he could continue to be that sort of batter in the majors.

1B Justin Bour

This isn’t currently a huge need with the presence of C.J. Cron and Tyler Austin, but Justin Bour would be a bit of a different first baseman than Cron. Three of the past four seasons Bour has hit over 20 home runs. This past year his slash line wasn’t impressive at .227/.341/.404, but in 2017 he slashed a more impressive .289/.366/.536 with the Marlins. If the Twins wanted to already try and pivot from Cron or Austin, Bour becomes an option.

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