It was a whirlwind offseason for the Minnesota Twins, one that saw fans experience both ends of the spectrum.
Everything centered on Carlos Correa, who initially tried to sign deals with two other teams before circling back to Minnesota. His bizarre free agent journey defined the Twins offseason, both in terms of craziness and impact, but he ended up being a prized signing when the dust settled.
Minnesota handed Correa the richest contract the franchise has ever handed out, besting the Joe Mauer deal by just over $20 million (before adding in incentives and vesting options that are included in Correa's deal). It's hard to overstate how important -- or unbelievable -- it is that the Twins landing a superstar, but it signals the dawn of a new era for the franchise.
As Spring Training approaches, MLB experts are looking back on the offseason and assessing how each team did and what their outlook is now that a new season is almost upon us.
Minnesota Twins Offseason Grade
The Athletic graded every team's offseason and ended up giving the Twins a passing grade, perhaps higher than some fans might have expected going into the winter.
Minnesota recieved a B+ grade based on their moves in free agency. For what it's worth, Aaron Gleeman was tasked with assessing the moves and is responsible for the grade -- which should make fans feel even better about how things shookout.
Minnesota Twins Offseason Moves
Here's a quick rundown of what the Twins did this winter, and what moves they were being graded on:
Key Offseason Additions
SS - Carlos Correa
SP - Pablo Lopez
OF - Michael A. Taylor
OF - Joey Gallo
C - Christian Vázquez
OF - Kyle Farmer
The lead, obviously, is the Twins re-signing Carlos Correa. It was a journey, but Minnesota bringing Correa back is an A+ move in itself, regardless of whatelse happened.
That being said, the club is more than just a superstar shortstop away from being a World Series contender. Correa anchoring the lineup for years to come is good but there were still areas of the roster that needed to be addressed -- most notably starting pitching.
Minnesota attempted to do that with its other big move of the offseason. Acquiring Pablo Lopez from Miami provided much-needed help with starting pitching, but it caused some unrest elsewhere on the roster to make it happen. Luis Arraez was the price paid for Lopez, which means the Twins now need to find a way to replace his offense with what's left in a delpleted free agent pool.
Keep in mind his offense is likely irreplaceable this season, as Arraez was the AL Batting Champ and an All-Star slugger.
Losing Arraez hurts, but getting starting pitching help takes some of the edge off. Lopez isn't an ace, but the Twins did get a Top 100 prospect as part of the package in Jose Salas, who could either develop into a successor to Correa or be used as trade bait to land another key piece of the roster.
Bringing back Correa, plus sneaky moves like adding Taylor (one of the best defensive centerfielders in the league), Gallo (medium-risk with medium-high reward), and Farmer to the outfield platoon, made this a more impactful winter than fans might have been expecting.
Gleeman knows what he's talking about, too, and a B+ grade feels both fair and a hopeful sign of things to come this season.