3 struggling Twins players who need to turn it around before it’s too late

While things start to turn around in Minnesota, a few guys need to start figuring things out sooner rather than later.
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It’s been a season of peaks and valleys for the Minnesota Twins so far, something that has been reflected in how spotty play has been at some key places in the lineup.

Certain guys have stood out as bright spots, with Carlos Correa looking every but like the $200 million superstar the team needs him to be. Max Kepler and Ryan Jeffers have also stepped up in big ways, while Trevor Larnach and Jose Miranda are unexpected successes in Minnesota’s youth movement.

That’s not the case in other areas of the lineup, though.

Minnesota bookended a 12-game winning streak with two losing streaks of five or more games. The team also started the season 7-13, and while it’s not solely the fault of a few struggling hitters it’s something that’s certainly not helped when potentially key players are underperforming in truly alarming ways.

3 struggling Twins players who need to turn it around before it’s too late

Kyle Farmer, UTIL

One of the more puzzling decisions that the Twins made this winter was re-signing Kyle Farmer. It's not that bringing him back was a bad idea, it was the fact that the team gave him $6 million and an option for another year. The theme of Minnesota's offseason was frugalness to the degree of preposterousness, as the team refused to make any meaningful external additions and cut the payroll by $30 million right out of the gate.

So giving Farmer that type of money raised some eyebrows and it's a move that has aged so poorly it's hard to comprehend.

Through 39 games Farmer is hitting .169/.274/.253 with a -0.2 WAR in 83 at-bats. It's mind-boggling how bad he's playing when he was a very solid contributor all over the lineup less than a year ago. Minnesota essentially made Farmer their big free agency signing, as he counts for more money on the books than any other players the Twins added. The fact that he's one of the lowest performing players on the roster is beyond frustrating, and there's really no way out from under his struggles other than him turning things around.

Minnesota isn't going to DFA Farmer, who can simply refuse a demotion and force a release, and there's a line of players who the team would dump first. The Twins could try to trade Farmer but it would be for pennies on the dollar and make little sense given his value when he's playing well.

The only thing the Twins can do is wait it out and hope that Farmer turns things around.