Minnesota Twins: 5 Free Agents you might not be thinking about

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HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 02: Tony Sipp #29 of the Houston Astros pitches in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park on June 2, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 02: Tony Sipp #29 of the Houston Astros pitches in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park on June 2, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 18: Greg Holland #56 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 18, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

RHP Greg Holland

Greg Holland isn’t too far removed from being an All-Star closer. The long time Kansas City Royal cashed in on free agency and has since bounced around the National League. Last season he started out with the St. Louis Cardinals and had half a season to forget.

In 25.0 innings with the Cardinals, Holland had a 7.92 ERA and an even 22/22 K/BB ratio. That caused his WHIP to soar to 2.240. The Washington Nationals still saw something to salvage from that start and chose to take a chance on Holland and were rewarded with 21.1 innings of 0.84 ERA and a 25/10 K/BB.

At 32-years-old Holland should still have something left in the tank and could turn into a very good signing if the three-time All-Star has regained that All-Star form. He really could be anything from bullpen depth to shut down closer on the 2019 Twins depending on how he performs.

OF Jon Jay

So this doesn’t become the relief pitcher show here we add outfielder Jon Jay to the mix. It is harder now to see another hitter fitting with the Twins outside of someone who is a true upgrade over what they currently have like a Bryce Harper or Manny Machado after the signing of Nelson Cruz.

There is always a chance that the Twins could still trade away one of their young outfielders which would make the union of Jay and the Twins work much better than it currently does. Jay will be turning 34 soon which isn’t a really great milestone for a center fielder but he has continued to be productive but did hit a rough spot with Arizona in 2018.

Jay could help provide leadership to the Twins young outfielders as he has plenty of experience in the playoffs and a World Series title from his time with the Cardinals. He also adds back into the Twins mix some lacking on-base ability with his career .352 OBP. Even in a season that looked like a struggle for Jay last season he still turned in a .347 OBP.

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There is our list. Any other under-the-radar signings few are talking about that you would like the Twins to consider?

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