It took long enough -- practically the entire winter -- but the Minnesota Twins are swimming in the offseason waters. Not only did the Twins dive right in on Monday by trading Jorge Polanco to the Mariners, but they are now refusing to get out of the pool.
Since trading Polanco, the Twins have made two significant roster moves. On Friday the team finally made a free agency move and signed slugger Carlos Santana to what has become an annual tradition of adding a veteran and finished the week off by adding a reliable journeyman to the bullpen.
According to FanSided's Robert Murray, the Twins added veteran reliever Jay Jackson to their bullpen on Sunday. It's a MLB deal, which means Minnesota continues to make moves after opening the floodgates last Monday.
Jackson has been all over the league, and now joins his tenth team. He's been around the game for almost two decades but he's posted a respectable stat-line that seems to suggest this is another lowkey great signing for the Twins.
Twins continue to revamp bullpen with Jay Jackson signing
He's only logged 87.5 innings in his 16 year career, but he's made the most of it. Jackson comes to Minnesota with a career 3.50 ERA and a 29.5 percent strikeout rate which is going to come in handy for middle-to-late innings work.
The Twins needed to address the bullpen, which is why that was the first area of the roster the team addded to this winter. Josh Staumont was signed back in December but his season ended early last year due to a neck injury. If he can get back to full health he'll be a hard throwing option for the Twins to rely on.
Minnesota also traded for Justin Topa, who might be the best immediate part of the deal from the Mariners. Anthony DeSclafani will replace Kenta Maeda in the rotation but Topa might end up being one of the key acquisitions the team made this offseason.
Jackson has shades of that in what he brings to the Twins. We all know that Jhoan Duran is closing things out but the ride getting there has often been bumpy. If he can stay as consistent as he's been in his MLB career, it'll be a huge boost.
Let's also just celebrate the fact that the Twins are finally making moves. Drama and uncertainty around the TV deal and lost future revenue handcuffed the front office, but it now seems that the flood gates have opened and Minnesota is ensuring that the wait was worth it with smart moves all over the roster.