A look at the Twins’ contract situations heading into 2020-21 offseason

Nelson Cruz, who has led the Twins in homers the last two seasons, is an unrestricted free agent heading into the 2020-21 offseason.
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With the offseason now officially upon us with the end of the World Series, Major League Baseball teams can now turn their attention to the 2021 season.

Minnesota actually has several players signed for multiple years — including four through 2023.

But that’s not to say there aren’t decisions to make this offseason.

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There’s one option (Sergio Romo) which could be picked up, 10 players facing free agency (including big names like Nelson Cruz and Jake Odorizzi) and six players due nice salary bumps in arbitration.

The Twins now face the decision on whether to non-tender any of those arbitration-eligible players, making that player(s) a free agent.

Most notable will be outfielder Eddie Rosario, who would have made $7.75 million if 2020 was played in full, reliever Taylor Rogers ($4.45 million) and outfielder Byron Buxton ($3.075 million).

Jose Berrios ($4.025 million in 2020) figures to be one player who Minnesota will look to re-sign.

Here’s a rundown of the Twins’ contract situations this offseason, with salary included (information from Cot’s Baseball Contracts and baseball-reference.com).

 

Signed

3B Josh Donaldson – Signed through 2023 ($21 million in 2021, $21 million in 2022, $21 million in 2023 and $16 million team option with $8 million buyout in 2024).

OF Max Kepler – Signed through 2023 ($6.5 million in 2021, $6.75 million in 2022, $8.5 million in 2023 and $10 million team option with $1 million buyout in 2024).

SP Kenta Maeda – Signed through 2023 ($3 million in 2021; $3 million in 2022; $3 million in 2023; also has several bonuses including $150,000 for being on opening day roster and performances bonuses based on games started and innings).

SP Michael Pineda – Signed through 2021 ($10 million in 2021).

SS Jorge Polanco – Signed through 2023 ($4,333,333 in 2021, $5 million in 2022, $7.5 million in 2023, $10.5 team option with $1 million buyout in 2024, $12 million team option with $750,000 buyout in 2025).

1B Miguel Sano – Signed through 2022 ($11 million in 2021, $9.25 million in 2022 with $14 million team option with $2.75 million buyout in 2023).

 

Options

RP Sergio Romo — $5 million team option and $250,000 million buyout

 

Free agents (2020 salary)
(note: salaries for 2020 are for the original 162-game season, not prorated to 60 games)

UT Ehire Adrianza ($1.6 million)

C Alex Avila ($4.25 million)

RP Tyler Clippard ($2.75 million)

DH Nelson Cruz ($12 million)

RP Cory Gearrin (minor-league contract — $1 million if made majors; was called up Aug. 9)

UT Marwin Gonzalez ($9 million)

SP Rich Hill ($3 million)

RP Trevor May ($2.205 million)

SP Jake Odorizzi ($17.8 million)

 

Arbitration eligible (2020 salary)
(note: salaries for 2020 are for the original 162-game season, not prorated to 60 games)

SP Jose Berrios ($4.025 million; eligible for free agency in 2023)

OF Byron Buxton ($3.075 million; eligible for free agency in 2023)

RP Tyler Duffey ($1.2 million; eligible for free agency in 2023)

RP Taylor Rogers ($4.45 million; eligible for free agency in 2023)

OF Eddie Rosario ($7.75 million; eligible for free agency in 2022)

RP Matt Wisler ($725,000; eligible for free agency in 2023)

 

Pre-arbitration (2020 salary)
(note: salaries for 2020 are for the original 162-game season, not prorated to 60 games)

C/3B Willians Astudillo ($571,000)

OF Jake Cave ($587,500)

C Mitch Garver ($620,000)

RP Caleb Thielbar ($563,500)