The latter was acquired from the Texas Rangers a few days earlier, in exchange for catcher Mitch Garver.
The Twins welcomed two potential starters in catcher Gary Sanchez and third baseman Gio Urshela, but many people wondered why they would do that trade with the Yankees if they weren’t thinking about using Donaldson’s savings in other moves.
Well, it now looks like Minnesota is about to do something big, or at least, try.
“#MNTwins, after freeing up $ in the smart Donaldson trade, are investigating some of the bigger players on market. They are talking to the A’s about Montas/Manaea. Conforto another possibility,” is what MLB insider Jon Heyman tweeted Friday afternoon.
#MNTwins, after freeing up $ in the smart Donaldson trade, are investigating some of the bigger players on market. They are talking to the A’s about Montas/Manaea. Conforto another possibility.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 18, 2022
If they are serious about competing, which one would imagine they are since they extended their best player, Byron Buxton, they need to so something of note.
The American League Has Gotten Extremely Competitive
The American League has gotten extremely competitive, and even though the postseason was expanded to 12 teams (six per league), there are several powerhouses.
A quick review around the American League will tell us that there are three teams (maybe four) in the American League East, one in the Central, and two (maybe three) in the West that look better on paper than Minnesota.
However, there is still some offseason ahead of us, and some moves to make.
If Minnesota is able to land Montas or Manaea, their rotation would be much more respectable; and adding Conforto would be huge for the outfield corps.
The Twins want to go younger, but intend to compete.
The moves they make over the next week will go a long way in determining if they are ready to challenge for October.