Minnesota Twins: Remaining Free Agents the front office should pursue

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 25: Manager Rocco Baldelli of the Minnesota Twins looks on as General Manger Thad Levine speaks as Baldelli is introduced at a press conference at Target Field on October 25, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 25: Manager Rocco Baldelli of the Minnesota Twins looks on as General Manger Thad Levine speaks as Baldelli is introduced at a press conference at Target Field on October 25, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 08: Cody Allen #37 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field on October 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Kelvin Herrera and Cody Allen

The Twins need help in their bullpen. There is simply no way around it. While the Twins have a plethora of almost ready arms, if they are going to truly jump over the Indians they need to add an arm or two that can solidify the backend of their bullpen.

If you have followed along at all with me I was fully on the Jeurys Familia bandwagon, but now that he has signed other names need to enter the picture. At this point in the offseason, we are really down to names that have been quality relievers but have question marks attached to them.

Kelvin Herrera and Cody Allen are both pitchers who have dominated the AL Central as closers but had down years in 2018. Herrera has fire behind his pitches as he can still regularly hit 97 mph on the radar gun. The hesitation with Herrera is his well documented Lisfranc injury which is a tricky injury to recover from calling his 2019 availability into question.

Allen has been part of several very good Indians bullpens. While 2018 saw his ERA soar to 4.70 he is only a season removed from having a 2.94 ERA and two seasons removed from a 2.51 ERA. He also regularly has been able to strike out batters at a rate of over 10 per nine innings.

While each of these players have plenty of question marks attached to them at this point they both could be very solid additions to the Twins bullpen. Especially if they each return to their 2017 form.

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