5 Questions for the Minnesota Twins heading into spring training

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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – SEPTEMBER 11: Eddie Rosario #20 of the Minnesota Twins reacts to flying out against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning of the interleague game at Target Field on September 11, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Nationals defeated the Twins 6-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – SEPTEMBER 11: Eddie Rosario #20 of the Minnesota Twins reacts to flying out against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning of the interleague game at Target Field on September 11, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Nationals defeated the Twins 6-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

Will Eddie Rosario leave camp with the Twins?

Throughout the offseason, Twins fans have been waiting for the big move. While they got it in the form of Donaldson, some still want more in the form of a big trade to add one more starter to the rotation. While the Twins are willing to deal their prospects in said deal, they’re not willing to throw them around willingly and that has brought Eddie Rosario‘s name into trade discussions.

The Twins left fielder is a fan favorite and actually had a career year in 2019 with career-highs in 32 HR and 109 RBI. What has Minnesota worried however, is his lack of an approach at the plate with a preference to play hero ball (attempting to hit the ball 500+ feet) rather than take what opposing pitchers are giving him.

With a .300 on-base percentage, Rosario appeared to be fool’s gold and the Twins dangled him in early winter trade talks with Miami. However, a deal has not materialized and Minnesota recently struck a one-year, $7.75 million deal to avoid going to arbitration with the 28-year-old.

Minnesota could let Rosario stick around and see if he’s able to be a little more organized than he was a year ago and if they need pitching, his name could come up in trade talks again. This could really be a possibility if top prospects Alex Kirilloff and Trevor Larnach are ready for their big-league close-up come July.

But the Twins may need pitching now with only three players penned into the rotation for the first two months of the season. If the price is right, Rosario could be the ace up the Twins’ sleeve that finally nets them some impact pitching.

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