It's finally here, the MLB offseason has arrived and the hot stove is starting to heat up.
Once the Winter Meetings hit in December things will truly get nuts, as that's typically when the trade market heats up and moves get made. Until then, teams are slowly starting to wade into the waters of free agency to start building a winning offseason plan.
The Minnesota Twins have been mostly quiet on all fronts, with the only notable moves being decisions about which prospects to protect at the Rule 5 Draft deadline and which arbitration-eligible players were tendered.
A ton of work needs to be done this winter as to not lose any momentum the team gathered during its postseason run this October. For the first time since 2002 the Twins won a playoff series, and ended a 19-year losing streak in the process.
That's set an expectation that the team will make moves to continue competing for a World Series next year and not lose any progress made. With a slashed payroll the front office will have to get creative in how it makes additions, but already the team is being pegged as a potential buyer in the free agent market.
MLB insider thinks Twins are a landing spot for Adam Duvall
In a piece looking at one free agent target for each team, MLB insider Mark Feinsand thinks the Twins make sense as a landing spot for Adam Duvall.
"With Joey Gallo likely to depart via free agency and Max Kepler potentially on the trade block, the Twins could use another power bat in the outfield. Duvall hits lefties and righties well and has the ability to play all three outfield spots," Feinsand wrote.
Duvall checks a few different boxes that make him feel like a classsic Twins target.
He's an aging veteran slugger who is coming off a bounce back year and might come cheap enough to afford. Last year Duvall finished the season with a 109 OPS+, which was way up from the 89 OPS+ he posted with Atlanta in 2022.
Minnesota's offense struggled for most of the summer, and Duvall's .247/.303/.531 slashline with the Red Sox fis the sort of slugger production the Twins need in the DH spot. Duvall's mostly a hitter at this point in his career, but he does have experience in the outfield and can help fill as part of a platoon to get him in the lineup.
He made $7 million last year in Boston, and while he'll probably have some suitors he fits the Twins budget with the type of production the team can feel good about paying for. The fact that he can play center might sweeten the deal for Minnesota, as it would provide depth behind Byron Buxton with Michael A. Taylor departing this winter.