Minnesota Twins: Ranking the Top 25 Free Agent Outfielders Available

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Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier looks down the line after hitting a third inning single against the Baltimore Orioles. (Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports) /

Minnesota Twins Top Free Agent Outfielders: No. 17-No. 10

  • No. 17: Andrew McCutchen
  • No. 16: Corey Dickerson
  • No. 15: Wil Myers
  • No. 14: Tyler Naquin
  • No. 13: Jurickson Profar
  • No. 12: Matt Carpenter
  • No. 11: Joey Gallo
  • No. 10: A.J. Pollock
  • No. 9: Kevin Kiermaier

The first eight outfielders all don’t move the needle much for the Minnesota Twins, but these eight outfielders almost certainly would. Most of them shouldn’t be placed in everyday roles, but they’d be great platoon options (even better than Garlick).

Andrew McCutchen is more of a veteran leader and designated hitter at this point, but the former MVP has some left in the tank. He may have struggled last year, but the man with a career .936 slashline against lefties would still be worth a one year flyer to see him in a Minnesota Twins uniform.

Corey Dickerson, Wil Myers, and Tyler Naquin are a decent trio of outfielders, with all three capable of producing some offense (with your defense suffering). Despite a middling (bordering on bad) year in 2022, each one was quite productive in 2021, so if they can come cheap, they might be better than some of the current options on the roster.

Jurickson Profar continues to offer good depth for any team that adds him, and after an impressive 3.1 bWAR season, his switch-hitting ability would be a big boost. Profar is the type of players that great teams hunt for.

Matt Carpenter had an incredible 47-game run with the Yankees last year (.305/.412/.727), but he’s about to be 37 and there’s a legitimate question as to whether he can repeat it (though it might be worth a look). Joey Gallo doesn’t offer a lot on defense, but he’s still one of the better defenders available. If Kepler is moved, he’d be an interesting replacement.

A.J. Pollock was dominant in 172 games between 2020 and 2021 (133 OPS+), and with his ability to play all three outfield positions, he’s worth taking a chance on despite a disappointing 2022. With strong splits against left-handers as well, Pollock would be a near-perfect fit in Minnesota and a big upgrade over Kyle Garlick.

The last player on this list is Kevin Kiermaier. Arguably the second-best defensive center fielder in baseball, Kiermaier is a tremendous defender who does little with his bat. The team needs a Buxton backup for when the superstar inevitably goes down, but is another injury-prone player that might not really add too much the answer?