Minnesota Twins Roster
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The Minnesota Twins re-signed infielder Elliot Soto to a minor-league deal this week. He's expected to get an invite to major-league spring training. The 33-year-old was selected to the 40-man roster in June of 2022 but was designated for assignment a day later and didn't appear in a game. He played in 92 games for Triple-A St. Paul, hitting .223/.320/.342 with four home runs, 32 RBI, 48 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 344 plate appearances. Soto, a glove-first player, made it up to the big leagues for three games with the Los Angeles Angels in 2020 but hasn't made it back since. He'll merely serve as infield depth for the Twins again in 2023 and is well off the fantasy radar.
Kyle Farmer is the newest member of the Minnesota Twins after being acquired in a trade from the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds will receive minor league right-handed pitcher Casey Legumina in exchange for Farmer. The 32-year-old Farmer enjoyed arguably his best year at the plate in 2022, recording a .701 OPS with 14 home runs in 583 plate appearances, though that only resulted in a 91 wRC+. Farmer figures to be a depth piece and fill some of the playing time vacated by the earlier trade of Gio Urshela to the Los Angeles Angels, but fantasy managers should not look to invest in the righty swinger.
The Minnesota Twins will pick up right-hander Sonny Gray's $12.5 million team option for the 2023 season. Gray injured his hamstring late in the season and finished on the injured list, but overall it was a very solid season for the 32-year-old starting pitcher in his first year in Minnesota. He finished with an 8-5 record, 3.08 ERA (3.41 FIP), a 1.13 WHIP, 117 strikeouts and 36 walks in 119 2/3 innings over his 24 starts. Gray's 24 percent strikeout rate was a bit of a disappointment and his lowest mark since 2018 with the New York Yankees, but the two-time All-Star should remain a solid fantasy arm in 2023 as the Twins' top rotation arm, barring an offseason acquisition.
If Los Angeles Dodgers impending free-agent shortstop Trea Turner decides to go elsewhere on the open market this winter, the Dodgers will be looking at Minnesota Twins impending free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa. The Dodgers are reportedly intrigued by replacing Turner with Correa. The Dodgers "love everything" about Correa and "don't seem to have 2017 reservations" so far. Correa was on the 2017 Houston Astros team that was caught cheating after they beat the Dodgers. Along with Correa, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson will be on the shortstop market this year in free agency, so LA will have plenty of options to replace Turner if he departs. In his lone season with the Twins, Correa hit .291/.366/.467 with an .834 OPS, 22 homers, 64 RBI and 70 runs scored in 522 at-bats.
Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa isn't in the lineup for the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. The 27-year-old is hitting .291 this season with a .366 on-base percentage and 22 home runs in 590 plate appearances. Instead, it'll be Jermaine Palacios hitting eighth and getting the start at shortstop. Palacios has logged 73 plate appearances in the Majors for the Twins this season, batting .136 with a .181 on-base percentage and a home run in 73 plate appearances. Fantasy managers in search of streaming help at the position are probably better off looking elsewhere.