Minnesota Twins: Top 1B Trade Candidates for the Twins to Target
By Otto Johnson
Minnesota Twins 1B Trade Candidate No. 1: Josh Bell, Washington Nationals
The last and definitely best bat that the Twins should be going after is Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell. Bell is only be under contract for the rest of 2023, so the rebuilding Washington Nationals are going to send him to the team with the best offer.
Bell is currently slashing .321/.403/.511 and is absolutely MASHING the ball right now. Here’s his slash line over the last week, two weeks, and over a month:
- Over the last week: .546/.615/.773, 5 XBH, 1 RBI, 4-2 BB-K, 17 total bases
- Over the last two weeks: .462/.544/.667, 7 XBH, 6-5 BB-K, 26 total bases
- Over the last month: .356/.448/.690, 15 XBH (6 HR), 15-17 BB-K, 60 total bases
On top of Bell’s offensive prowess, he’s also a reliable defender at first base, one who’s in the sixty-fourth percentile in outs above average. Finally, he’s played a league-leading 78 games, showing how reliable he is.
He’s an excellent option for the Twins’ new cleanup hitter as well. The Twins’ first three hitters (Arraez, Buxton, and Correa) are remarkably consistent, but the cleanup position has been very hit or miss. He’s truly the perfect bat for the Twins to go get in 2022 and solve their offensive inconsistency.