Marwin Gonzalez was a big part of the Astros over the past couple of season, which included a 19th place finish in the American League MVP voting in the Astros World Series winning 2017 season. Now the utility infielder is going to be a part of the Minnesota Twins, agreeing to a two-year deal worth $21 million, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
The Twins ranked pretty well overall in the American League this past season in scoring runs, but this off-season they have already added Nelson Cruz and Jonathan Schoop and now by adding Gonzalez they should be an improved offense in the American League, having a chance to jump into the top-five in the AL in runs scored after finishing sixth this past season.
Defensively is where the Twins really struggled last season. Gonzalez is not an elite defender, but he is a slightly above-average defender and what he does bring to any team that he’s part of is versatility. He can realistically play any position in the outfield, especially the corner outfield positions and he can also play each position in the middle infield.
The versatility that Gonzalez brings should really help give new Twins manager Rocco Baldelli a lot of different options when it comes to mixing and matching lineups and giving the team the best chance to put up runs each day.
The Twins have certainly improved themselves this off-season and should be a more productive offense, but the success or failure of this team when it comes to making the postseason again like they did in the 2017 season, will come down to the pitching staff.
Minnesota wasn’t great on the mound last season, but they do have some talented players on the mound that if they do live up to their talent, they are more than capable of putting together a good number of wins.