Should Minnesota Twins have taken a low-risk chance on Luke Voit?
As the Minnesota Twins prepare to begin Spring Training down in Fort Myers, it appears the team is content with the roster it has there. Rumors have swirled for weeks about another potential addition after an offseason of significant change to the Twins lineup.
Carlos Correa was the headline addition, but Minnesota also lost Luis Arráez after trading him to the MIami Marlins. Without Arráez, the Twins have a bit of an issue at first base, as the team is now pretty heavily relying on Alex Kirilloff to both carry the load there and also remain healthy enough to do so.
Both are major questions that no one has a definitive answer on.
Kirilloff’s season was ended early lasy ear after a wrist injury that required surgery. He’s still coming back from that, and while all signs appear to point toward him being ready for Opening Day there’s still the quesiton of depth behind him that needs to be addressed.
That’s why some figured the Twins might look to the free agent market to find some help. Yuri Gurriel appeared to be a target at one point, but a deal never materialized. He remains a free agent but another potential backup option is not.
According to MLB insider Robert Murray, the Milwaukee Brewers and Luke Voit have agreed to a deal that seems like the Twins might have been able to get in on if they wanted to. Voit was inked to a minor-league deal and given an invite to Spring Training.
That seems like a deal the Twins very much could have beaten if they wanted to bring Voit in for depth at first base. It’s a Twins-like deal, too as the Brewers aren’t promising Voit anything more than a chance to make the roster and even then he might not be on the big league roster when Opening Day rolls around.
What this tells us is the Twins are content with what they have heading into Spring Training. The Voit deal in Milwaukee was very affordable yet the Twins decided to not compete with it and bring him to Fort Myers. It’s a positive sign that Kirilloff is indeed on track to return, and that there’s a plan in place Minnesota feels good about.
Joey Gallo has been kicked around as an option to be part of a platoon with Kirilloff, and passing on Voit only lends further credence to that theory.
It’s also not the first time in recent weeks that the Twins have passed on seemingly affordable free agent deals that make sense as additions to the roster. Andrew Chafin, Michael Fulmer, and Alex Reyes were all signed to deals worth less than $10 million and all made sense as potential boosts to the bullpen.
Between passing on those guys and not getting in on Voit, the Twins are telegraphing that the guys they’re bringing to camp — and those who are high in the Minors — are who they’re prepared to roll into April with.