Minnesota Twins: Ranking the Top 8 Free Agent First Basemen Available
The Minnesota Twins are facing a tough challenge ahead of the 2023 season. After the 2022 season went awry, fans are angry, and the roster has some pretty major holes. In order to fix things, the team needs to spend, and after seeing nine players entering the free agent pool, there’s lots of money to work with.
In addition to some potential trade moves (the Twins have a lot of decent talent in the high minors), the Twins could use help everywhere other than second base, whether that be another catcher to pair with Ryan Jeffers, a true first baseman, a legit third baseman to non-tender Gio Urshela, any of the outfield spots (Buck needs a backup), or more pitching.
We rank the Top 8 first basemen for the Minnesota Twins to go after in Free Agency.
With all of those needs in mind and free agency about to begin, it’s time to break down the different players that they can spend money on. We’ll go position by position, talk strengths and weaknesses, whether the Twins would be interested, and if there’s a real chance.
For each list, we’ll be breaking down the positions into three groups: decent players who would be disappointments, good players who would fill the need, and top notch players that fans would be thrilled to get. We started this process with catchers yesterday, and we’ll continue today with first basemen.
The Minnesota Twins have much bigger issues than first base, but they don’t have a guaranteed plan there. Alex Kirilloff’s injury history is an issue. Luis Arraez was admirable, but it remains to be seen if the team feels comfortable there. Gio Urshela might not even be on the roster in 2023.
It’s unlikely that the team will spend big on this position, but with so much uncertainty in the lineup, it certainly would make sense if they could find a good deal for one of these players. Options and depth are always good, so with that in mind, let’s get started.