The Twins signed veteran Marwin Gonzalez to a two-year, $21 million contract today. Rumors that there was mutual interest surfaced last night, so this deal comes as no surprise. Gonzalez will be entering his age-30 season in 2019 after seven seasons with the Houston Astros.
Gonzalez is known for his versatility in the field, as he can do just about everything except pitch and catch. He is also a consistent presence at the plate and has a career slash line of .264/.318/.419. His average OPS+ is 103. This acquisition is seemingly risk-free. The Twins get a versatile player on a cheap contract. Where he fits in the lineup everyday is anyone’s guess, but if an opportunity like this presents itself, there is no reason not to go for it.
Steamer projects Gonzalez for 17 HR and 104 wRC+ for 2019. The switch-hitting utility-man will certainly be a welcome addition in Minnesota wherever he plays in the field.
The only thing that is perplexing about this move is that it is yet another addition to the lineup as opposed to the pitching staff. With a low payroll, it seems like the Twins would be wise to spend on some quality pitching this offseason. Perhaps they still might – high-level arms like Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Kuechel are still available – but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
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