A quiet offseason for the Minnesota Twins continues, as the team has yet to make any sort of major meaningful addition despite the way the season ended.
Between normal roster turnover and a reduced payroll, Minnesota has lost more players than its added so far. That’s a streak that continued this week. Fans are hungry for something — anything — in terms of news and yet again the only things we’re seeing is a player that used to play for the team signing somewhere else.
This time it’s Jordan Luplow, who spent the second half of the season with the Twins. On Wednesday he signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves, which will be his fourth team in two years.
The good news is it’s not a terribly important loss, as Luplow was let go at the end of the season as part of the first batch of players who were turned away to start saving money.
Still, the optics are nothing if not a little frustrating.
Twins lose another free agent, this time to the Atlanta Braves
Luplow didn’t see a ton of time with the Twins, but he was mildly productive in the stint he had. He posted the fourth-highest batting average of his career, which isn’t really saying much since he slashed a .206/.315/.349 in 73 plate apperances with Minnesota.
He didn’t leave enough of an impact late in the season to warrant a spot on the postseason roster, as Luplow was left off both the AL Wild Card and ALDS roster in October.
That’s sort of the upside here, because while the Twins continue to lose more players than they’re adding in free agency only a few have been tough to watch walk away. Outside of Sonny Gray, Kenta Maeda, and Emilio Pagán, none of the exodus this winter has truly hurt the Twins.
Minnesota has also lost guys like Dylan Floro, Gilbert Celestino, Tyler Mahle, and Andrew Stevenson, which is actually sort of impressive considering some of the higher-level free agents the Twins have floating on the market. Donovan Solano and Michael A. Taylor have yet to sign elsewhere, although it’s notable that the Twins haven’t tried to bring them back knowing their market isn’t that robust.
Luplow was a fine player, but his deal with the Braves is less about any actual impact on the Twins roster and more about optics.