The Minnesota Twins finally have an answer on Carlos Correa.
After saying that they were not going to wait much longer for Correa to make a decision, one has come forth. Correa is heading to the Bay Area, having signed a 13 year deal to join the San Francisco Giants. While the Giants have landed their top priority in the shortstop market, the Twins are left with a gaping hole in the middle of their lineup.
Minnesota Twins need Dansby Swanson
Only one of the Big Four at short is left. Dansby Swanson has generated a great deal of interest over the past few days, with the Twins having already been in contact with his representatives. Now that Correa has signed elsewhere, it makes sense for Minnesota to turn their attention to the former Braves’ shortstop.
Swanson is not at the same level as Correa. He does not have nearly the same track record of success nor the list of accolades that Correa does. However, he has become a solid option in his own right, posting a .265/.324/.451 batting line with 62 homers and 80 doubles since the start of the 2020 season.
There is also more to Swanson than his statistical accomplishments. He was considered one of the leaders in the Braves’ clubhouse, someone who kept the younger players in line and focused on success. As the Twins still have a relatively young roster and count on their prospects to make an impact, they will need players to step into that leadership role.
It is also possible that Swanson could help in another way as well. He will cost less than Correa while still providing a solid piece to the lineup. As the Twins need help throughout their roster, having some extra cash in the budget could make a difference.
The Minnesota Twins have lost out on their top priority at shortstop. Bringing Dansby Swanson on board would be a solid backup plan.