Minnesota Twins: 2 Possible Free Agent Reunions for 2023

Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Michael Fulmer pitches against the Kansas City Royals. (Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Michael Fulmer pitches against the Kansas City Royals. (Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Minnesota Twins have continued to push through the offseason, making only two moves and surging forward into 2023 with no additional moves made. The team doesn’t have many desperate needs left, but there are certainly a few areas that could use important upgrades.

The team is likely going to hunt in the trade market for some new talent, and even though it appears they’ll hold onto American League Batting Champion Luis Arraez, it is a near certainty that the team will make a deal before the offseason ends.

Despite this, they’re likely to make a few more free agent moves with their remaining capital, and with so much money to spend, the team could opt to spend it on bringing back a few Twins players from the past.

The Minnesota Twins could opt to bring back some familiar faces for the 2023 season.

The first option is a player who only played the back half of last season with the Twins, but could definitely see himself back in a Minnesota uniform ahead of next season: Michael Fulmer. Fulmer was simply mediocre after his midseason trade to Minnesota, but he’s been a very good reliever over the past two seasons.

If he re-signed with the Twins, it’s reasonable to expect that the team would get a player closer to the version that the team expected to get when they dealt for him, a reliever who can help a very young bullpen improve and be more solid going into next season.

Another former Twin to bring back into the fold could be utility infielder Ehire Adrianza. After a tough 2022 season, the Twins should be able to get Adrianza for extremely cheap on an MiLB deal, giving him the perfect role: depth shortstop.

If the team does opt to keep Kyle Farmer as the team’s Opening Day shortstop, adding Adrianza as depth for Farmer (and Nick Gordon) would allow the team a decent, familiar, and risk-free insurance policy for the game’s marquee position.

The Minnesota Twins need to spend their cash savings from the contracts that ended in 2022, and while they’ve missed out on the big names, adding a pair of former Twins is a good gesture that improves the team’s paper-thin depth.

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