The Minnesota Twins might be getting the band back together, but in a slightly different way.
Per Mike Berardino, former Twins reliever LaTroy Hawkins has reportedly accepted an offer to be in the Twins front office as a special assistant. The Twins will also be talking with former Twins outfielder (you probably knew this) Torii Hunter soon.
General manager Thad Levine has had former players Michael Young, Darren Oliver, and Ivan Rodriguez as special assistants in Texas. He may want a similar set-up here with the Twins. Hawkins would be a mentor in the clubhouse, and could help evaluate talent (if Michael Young’s role is any indication).
Other players that could potentially be considered for special assistant roles in the front office include Michael Cuddyer and Corey Koskie.
We saw the impact Torii Hunter made in the clubhouse as a player in 2015, and it would be nice to have that again as the team tries to rebuild in the future. Torii absolutely loves Minnesota and has said he wants to be a part of the Twins, in some capacity.
Twins CBO Derek Falvey also had former players as assistants during his time with Cleveland, so these moves shouldn’t surprise anyone, really.
What do you guys think? What former Twins do you want as assistants (to the GM, not you, but that's also a good question)?
Personally, I want Jim Thome.