4 Minnesota Twins who won't be back next season

Minnesota will be back next year, but a handful of players will not.
Wild Card Series - Toronto Blue Jays v Minnesota Twins - Game One
Wild Card Series - Toronto Blue Jays v Minnesota Twins - Game One / David Berding/GettyImages
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Jose Miranda, 3B

Injuries are what will ultimately be what derailed Miranda's season, but he was looking pretty rough early in the year. Minnesota needed him to tap into the flashes he showed in 2022, and there was hope that he could slide over the third base and find a home but nothing went right for him this season.

Miranda is still only 25 years old and there's a good chance he becomes a really solid player, but he might have been boxed out of the Twins lineup. Kyle Farmer filled in for him at third base for a time before Royce Lewis entered the picture as the Twins everyday third baseman. Minnesota also has Brooks Lee in the pipeline who could get called up next year and be able to spend time at third, and there's also the possibility of adding someone in free agency.

The point is, Miranda's time with the Twins already appeared over and everything that has happened since he hit the IL confirms it further. Everything was down for him this year, but the sales pitch revolves around how Miranda looked last year when he was healthy. He played in 125 games and slashed .268/.325/.426 and batted in 66 runs. There's a lot to build on there, but he just doesn't have a feasible place in the lineup anymore.

Minnesota would be wise to see what it might be able to get for him in a trade this winter to give Miranda a fresh start and find a useful piece of a potential championship lineup next year.