Minnesota Twins Top Free Agent Shortstops: No. 10-7
- No. 10: Jonathan Villar (S)
- No. 9: Aledmys Diaz (R)
- No. 8: Andrelton Simmons (R)
- No. 7: Didi Gregorius (L)
This is the group of shortstops that Twins fans should feel nothing short of major disappointment if the team signs. If the team wants Royce Lewis to be the man at short, that’s understandable, but adding any of these options would be nothing short of waving a white flag until he returns.
Jonathan Villar and Aledmys Diaz aren’t good offensively, but both would be able to help out with multiple positions as depth once Lewis took over the position again. The team needs production though, so neither offer much outside of being a stopgap.
A reunion with Andrelton Simmons would give the team a solid defender, but bringing him back is the last thing that Twins fans would want to see. His disappointing first tenure here means enough that the team probably won’t bring him back.
Didi Gregorius is in a different situation. The longtime Twins killer and Yankee hero has had a rough past two seasons, but he has a much better track record than the other three players on this list. He’s a mostly decent defender, but signing him would require some belief that he bounces back, and that just seems unlikely.