5. Minnesota Twins
The Twins (45-46) led the horrible AL Central for much of the proverbial first half, but they now sit a 0.5-game behind the Cleveland Guardians with action set to resume Friday. Their strikeout-prone, at times anemic offense, has been held up by great starting pitching.
With young, still budding star Royce Lewis (oblique) out for awhile again, the Twins are lined up to go with the combination of Jose Miranda, Kyle Farmer and Donovan Solano at third base. To say that’s uninspiring might be an insult to that word. He hasn’t done it in a few seasons now, but Candelario could mix in at first base too.
The Twins should be looking at all options to spark their offense. Candelario also happens to be a nice-looking fit.
4. Milwaukee Brewers
Over in the NL Central, the Brewers are a game behind the Cincinnati Reds for the lead in the division. Their offense has broadly been awful thus far, with just two regulars (Christian Yelich and William Contreras) posting an OPS+ over 100. Over at third base, Brian Anderson has cooled off big since a hot start and Luis Urias has struggled since coming back from injury.
The Brewers could seize control of their division if they can just improve their offense to closer to league average in some categories. Candelario is an ideal fit.