5 Twins players who could be valuable trade chips this offseason

With a shrinking payroll is shrinking, the Twins have other options to try and build a winning roster.

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Kyle Farmer, INF

Last year there didn’t seem to be much that Kyle Farmer couldn’t do.

He slashed 256/.317/.408 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI across 369 plate appearances this season, and he played all over the infield helping plug holes in the lineup. Farmer ended up players over 40 games at second, third, and shortstop while filling in for guys like Carlos Correa, Jose Miranda and Jorge Polanco.

Those were big shoes for Farmer to fill, but he was always a reliable option for Rocco Baldelli to lean on in a pinch.

Much like Polanco and Miranda, though, it seems like Farmer might get boxed out of a meaningful role with the Twins moving forward. The expected emergence of Austin Martin and the likely return of Nick Gordon creates a situation where there aren’t enough innings to go around and Farmer’s production for the price the Twins would pay doesn’t make a ton of sense.

That being said, he’s expected to get around $6 million in arbitration this winter which might be rich for the Twins blood but could be an absolute steal for another club. Farmer has proven more than enough times to be a reliable utility man, and his last act of service for the Twins could be as a valuable trade chip that is flipped for an important piece of the roster next season.

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