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Off-season status of the Twins roster

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Let’s kick off the off-season, shall we?

Divisional Series - New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins - Game Three Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The Minnesota Twins are officially out of the playoffs for the 2019 season. There’s nothing to do but to look to the future and see how the Bomba Squad will look in 2020. To start that process, it’s important to take a look at and see who is under team control for next season and who is dipping their toes into the free agent market.

Below are the Twins players broken down by free agency, arbitration, etc. I’ve gathered this information from RosterResource, which is a very useful tool when looking at team payroll breakdown as well as current roster construction for the big-league team and some minor-league information. (Did you know the Twins were still paying the San Diego Padres for Phil Hughes’ contract? Yikes.)

Arbitration-eligible

Players and teams can work together on a salary number for next season up until a certain deadline, which is announced after the postseason wraps up. If they don’t agree on a number by that deadline, then they head to arbitration hearings.

Teams can choose to non-tender a player, which means they will not offer them a contract for next season and is therefore released to free agency. Teams can also sign an extension with arb-eligible players, like they did with Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco last off-season, which ends their arbitration years.

In parentheses is the player’s salary this year followed by what year of arbitration eligibility they are in this off-season.

  • 1B C.J. Cron ($4 million, arb 3)
  • 3B Miguel Sano ($2.65 million, arb 2)
  • INF Ehire Adrianza ($1.3 million, arb 4)
  • OF Eddie Rosario ($4.19 million, arb 2)
  • OF Byron Buxton ($1.75 million, arb 2)
  • SP Jose Berrios ($620,000, arb 1)
  • RP Taylor Rogers ($1.525 million, arb 2)
  • RP Trevor May ($900,000, arb 3)
  • RP Sam Dyson ($5 million, arb 4)

Pre-arbitration

Pre-arb players are not able to go to arbitration against their teams regarding their salary. Some pre-arb players will get slightly hire salaries then the previous year based on performance.

  • C Mitch Garver ($575,000)
  • C Willians Astudillo ($560,000)
  • INF Luis Arraez ($555,000)
  • RP Tyler Duffey ($555,000)

Team Options

The Twins have two players that have a team option built into their contract. The team can opt to exercise their option and keep the player on the team for that year. The other choice is to not exercise the option. Most contracts that have a team option also have a buy-out amount built into it, meaning that if the team does not exercise the option, the team pays the player that amount and the player hits the free agent market.

  • DH Nelson Cruz ($14 million 2019 salary; $12 million 2020 salary or $300,000 buyout)*
  • SP Martin Perez ($3.9 million 2019 salary; $7.5 million 2020 salary or $500,000 buyout)

*The Twins have already exercised their team option for Cruz as of this morning.

Under Contract

Below are players that are under contract with Minnesota in 2020.

  • UTIL Marwin Gonzalez (free agency in 2021)
  • OF Max Kepler (club option in 2024)
  • OF Jorge Polanco (club options in 2024 and 2025)

Free Agents

Below are players whose contracts with the team have expired after the 2019 season or do not have any arbitration years remaining, so they are left to free agency. Of course, the player and the team can sign an extension if they wish to do so instead of testing the free agent market.

In parentheses is the salary that the player made this season as well as if it was the end of the contract or end of arbitration.

  • C Jason Castro ($8 million; end of 3-yr./$24.5 million contract)
  • 2B Jonathan Schoop ($7.5 million; end of 1-yr./$7.5 million contract)
  • SP Michael Pineda ($7,053,763, adjusted for suspension; end of 2-yr./$10 million contract)
  • RP Sergio Romo ($2.55 million; end of 1-yr/$2.5 million contract)
  • SP Kyle Gibson ($8.125 million; end of arbitration eligibility)
  • SP Jake Odorizzi ($9.5 million; end of arbitration eligibility)

There’s the breakdown of the Twins’ roster and what their status is going into the off-season. We’ll have plenty of more content coming your way, but what moves do you think the Twins will make? What moves do you want the front office to make?