From: Las Vegas
Gleeman from Nov 4th:
Twins offseason shopping list: 17 free agents who could address their needs
Good: Marcus Semien
Better: Didi Gregorius
Best: Andrelton Simmons
If the Twins don’t love any of the 10th-man options, or they’ve soured on Jorge Polanco as the everyday shortstop after back-to-back seasons with second-half fades and ankle surgeries, they could shift him to the super-utility role and sign a new starting shortstop to a short-term contract while waiting for top prospect Royce Lewis to take over the position long-term.
Simmons is one of the best-fielding shortstops ever, a four-time Gold Glover who combines plus-plus range with a ridiculously strong arm. He’s also a solid hitter, batting .281/.329/.401 from 2017-2020, not far off Polanco’s combined .277/.335/.435 line during that time. At age 31 he might not be open to a one- or two-year contract, but Simmons could transform the Twins’ infield defense.
Gregorius killed the Twins for five years with the Yankees and is now coming off a great one-season stop in Philadelphia, bouncing back from elbow surgery to hit .284/.339/.488 with 10 homers while playing all 60 games. While not a big upgrade over Polanco defensively, the 30-year-old Gregorius has rare power for a shortstop, slugging .469 with 26 homers per 150 games since 2016.
Semien was a legitimate MVP candidate in 2019, hitting .285/.369/.522 with 33 homers and 87 walks to place third in the AL voting, but it’s the only time in six seasons he’s been an above-average hitter. That includes a .223/.305/.374 line in 2020, albeit with seven homers and 25 walks in 53 games. Semien has a decent glove, with power and patience, but can he be counted on to hit .250?
Discount bin: Freddy Galvis, Jonathan Villar