Minnesota Twins Eddie Rosario Replacement No. 2: Kyle Schwarber
This one is fun for me to think about. It was reported earlier in the offseason that the Twins have reached out to Schwarber’s camp. While that doesn’t mean a deal is close, it does mean the Twins aren’t afraid to get a big name for the position.
Kyle Schwarber is the definition of a “boom or bust” hitter. In 6 seasons with the Cubs, the former top prospect hit 121 home runs while averaging close to one strikeout per game. He’s only a career .230 hitter, but he came off the best season of his career in 2019.
Schwarber’s claim to fame is his role in the World Series with the Cubs a few years back. He was arguably one of the best prospects in the loaded Cubs farm system that came up right before the 2016 playoffs. Schwarber especially was key, hitting .412 in the World Series win, helping bring a championship back to Wrigley Field for the first time in over a century.
This would be a HUGE addition to a Minnesota Twins team who hasn’t won a playoff game in their last 18 games and hasn’t won a playoff series in 16 years. He does have his issues, as he’s truly terrible against lefties and his defense is questionable at best.
With all that in mind, Schwarber doesn’t sound like a full time left fielder, but more of a guy who could play left-field part-time and fill a designated hitter role, especially if the team doesn’t re-sign slugger Nelson Cruz.