Minnesota Twins: Ranking the Top 25 Free Agent Starters Available
By Otto Johnson
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, whether that be another catcher to pair with Ryan Jeffers, a shortstop, a true first baseman, any of the outfield spots (Buck needs a backup), or more pitching.
We rank the Top 25 starting pitchers 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’ve gone over all of the offensive positions of need:
Now, we’re moving into the pitching side. The Twins rotation has four good starters for 2023 in Sonny Gray, Tyler Mahle, Joe Ryan, and Kenta Maeda, while Bailey Ober has been tremendous when healthy. Josh Winder, Louie Varland, Simeon Woods Richardson, and later Chris Paddack offer plenty of depth.
The team has plenty of pitching, but after a year where the depth of the organization fell apart, the team could very well be looking to add a starter, specifically one that can be placed atop the rotation. There’s a lot of starters on the market though, so we’ll jump into the list.