The Minnesota Twins remain atop the American League Central, holding a solid lead over the Cleveland Guardians. The team is buoyed by a strong (though often inconsistent) offense and the ability to cruise through a weak division.
Unfortunately, if the team wants to compete in the playoffs and end their streak of 18 consecutive playoff losses, they need to go after three or four positions to upgrade the team. To help look at some options, we’re going to look at some players the team can go after.
When looking at different players, we aren’t looking at players from contending rosters. So this means all current contenders and most potential contenders were off limits. The first position we’re taking a look at is third base then lead up to the desperate need: relievers.
We rank the Top 3 Third Basemen for the Minnesota Twins to go after before the trade deadline.
In the lineup, the Twins are set in the outfield with Byron Buxton, Alex Kirilloff, Gilberto Celestino, Kyle Garlick, Nick Gordon, and (eventually) Trevor Larnach. Jorge Polanco, Luis Arraez, Carlos Correa, and Kirilloff/Gordon again take care of the infield. Ryan Jeffers and Gary Sanchez are the catchers. That leaves third base.
Jose Miranda and Gio Urshela are both fine options, with Miranda coming off a strong month of June and Urshela being the definition of average with a .258/.310/.406 slashline and 105 OPS+. Neither is a very good defender though, and the Twins could use an upgrade at the position.
With this in mind, we broke down three third basemen the Twins could go after and probably get for pretty cheap considering they’re not premier level players. Let’s get into this, starting with the number three option on the market.