Remembering my Top-5 Minnesota Twins moments for 2018
By Nate Palmer
No. 5 2017-2018 Offseason Moves
To officially start off this list is the offseason moves that the Twins made in advance of the 2018 season. Even though they certainly did not go the way the front office had hoped it was still something pretty exciting to live out as a fan.
I remember the night the Twins traded for Jake Odorizzi. There were rumblings flying through Twitter chatter that the Twins were up to something with the Tampa Bay Rays. Of course, all the buzz had been about a trade for Chris Archer and so initially I thought that was what was going down.
While I was a huge fan of the Twins acquiring Archer, when I saw the deal for Odorizzi come across the wire I was very pleased with that move. While Jermaine Palacios still has the ability to develop into some sort of major league player he was going to get lost in a system full of high-end middle infield talent.
While Odorizzi isn’t the top of the rotation starter the Twins are still looking for, he has helped steady one spot in the rotation. And while his 4.49 season ERA and scheduled breakdown the third time through a teams lineup is slightly frustrating. Odorizzi did have stretches of pretty good pitching and held batters to a .216 batting average the first time he faced them and a .224 average the second time.
From there Lance Lynn looked like the starter the Twins needed to highlight the Twins rotation. Logan Morrison, although another lefty in the lineup, looked like a solid power bat to help bring runners around the bases. Addison Reed also looked like the Twins Andrew Miller lite that they needed. Even though none of those moves panned out it was still exciting to see the front office make some moves and spend some money.