Minnesota Twins Top Free Agent Catchers: No. 4-1
- No. 4: Mike Zunino (R)
- No. 3: Christian Vazquez (R)
- No. 2: Omar Vazquez (L)
- No. 1: Willson Contreras (R)
This group of catchers should all be cause for a lot of excitement if the Twins were to add them. Most of them aren’t superstars, but they’d represent a big upgrade and potentially take the main catching job from Ryan Jeffers.
The first name in this group is Mike Zunino. Zunino is coming off an awful 2022, but has shown some serious ability on the offensive side of things, posting four 20-homer seasons. He’s not quite as good defensively, but with his offensive ability and Jeffers’ framing skills, the Twins would have a very good duo in 2023.
Christian Vazquez is a very solid option that might offer a little more predictability and better defensive skills than Zunino. Plus, a two-time champion might help light a fire under some of the Twins’ young players.
As good as the others may be, Omar Narvaez is the most ideal player on this list for the Twins. The 2021 All-Star would be a perfect fit in Minnesota, as the left-handed batter would compliment Ryan Jeffers perfectly, even if his defense could use some work. He wouldn’t take up too much money either, making it possible for the team to spend elsewhere (like bullpen and shortstop).
The obvious top catcher in free agency this year is Willson Contreras. Fresh off his third All-Star appearance, Contreras’ strong arm, power, and ability to get on base make him one of the three or four best catchers in the game.
The issue for Contreras would be his massive contract and draft pick the Twins would have to relinquish to get him. The team has several other major needs (again, bullpen and shortstop!!!), so even as the clear top free agent catcher, his arrival in Minnesota is unlikely.