It’s been a whirlwind few days for the Minnesota Twins, but as the dust settles on the Carlos Correa saga it’s time to start looking ahead to the future.
Landing Correa wasn’t the final piece of the Twins offseason plan, although it might be the most significant. There are a number of different moves the Twins will likely make now that Correa has been locked in at shortstop, from adding another quality starter to trading Max Kepler — perhaps in the same move.
The general sentiment is looking ahead with excitement, rather than wallowing in what would have been a lost offseason that may have set the team back. It’s a splash of cold water to go from the latter to the former, but that’s part of what is so exciting about the Twins taking the major swing they did on Correa.
As noted, things won’t look exactly the way they do now when the team reports to Spring Training in about a month. But in the meantime, with the excitement buzzing as hard as it is around the Twins, let’s take a look at where things are now as we watch the team chart course for the future.
Projected Minnesota Twins lineup after signing Carlos Correa
Now that Correa has signed, it’s time to get excited about what the Twins lineup could look like this season. Nothing is set in stone, and this is more of a knee-jerk look at the names rather than how they specifically fit — we’ll get to that throughout the offseason.
There’s a lot to love about the knee-jerk, though:
- First base: Alex Kirilloff
- Second base: Jorge Polonco
- Shortstop: Carlos Correa
- Third base: Jose Miranda
- Left Field: Joey Gallo
- Centerfield: Byron Buxton
- Right Field: Max Kepler
- Catcher: Christian Vázquez
- DH: Luis Arráez
Kelper is likely gone in a trade sometime soon, which could open up a corner outfield spot for Royce Lewis to find his way into the lineup once fully healthy. Alex Kirilloff can slide into right field as well, with Luis Arráez capable of playing first.
The current starting lineup would then leave the Twins with some pretty great depth on the bench.
- Ryan Jeffers, C (Who might start as much as Vázquez does)
- Nick Gordon, IF/OF
- Kyle Garlick, OF
- Royce Lewis, SS
- Trevor Larnach, OF
- Kyle Farmer, 2B/SS/3B
- Gilberto Celestino, CF
- Matt Wallner, OF