Minnesota Twins: A Twins to-do list at the 2019 MLB Winter Meetings

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DENVER, COLORADO - AUGUST 03: Starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants throws in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 03, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - AUGUST 03: Starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants throws in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 03, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – SEPTEMBER 06: Third baseman Josh Donaldson #20 of the Atlanta Braves celebrates in the dugout with an umbrella after hitting a 2-run home run in the seventh inning during the game against the Washington Nationals at SunTrust Park on September 06, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – SEPTEMBER 06: Third baseman Josh Donaldson #20 of the Atlanta Braves celebrates in the dugout with an umbrella after hitting a 2-run home run in the seventh inning during the game against the Washington Nationals at SunTrust Park on September 06, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images) /

Overhauling the infield

It didn’t seem like the Twins’ infield would be getting too much of a facelift, but then they decided to non-tender C.J. Cron last week. Although his production at first base was a major upgrade from Joe Mauer‘s final season, his thumb and impending cost made the Twins figure to look somewhere else.

As it stands, the Twins have plenty of options around the horn which could include signing a free-agent or moving their current players to new positions in 2020.

The biggest name that’s been thrown around is Josh Donaldson, who had a renaissance season with the Atlanta Braves. While it’s drool-worthy to stick his 37 HR from last year into the Bomba Squad, he’s also played solid defense making his risk worth it despite the potential “buyer beware” signs.

The Twins could also look overseas for a Cron replacement as they’ve been linked with Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, who has crushed 138 bombs for the Yokohama Bay Stars since the beginning of the 2014 season.

What makes this interesting is that La Velle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune noted on Sunday that if the Twins can’t land starting pitching, they may reverse course and add more offense to their lineup. Such a move would give Twins fans indigestion but would be interesting to see as the week unfolds.

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