Donovan Solano will sign a one-year deal with the Twins.
The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal says that the Twins and infielder Donovan Solano have agreed to a one-year deal in the major leagues. The deal is on hold until a physical is done,
and the money details are not yet public.Solano, who is 35 years old, has had a unique journey in baseball. He played in the major leagues from 2012 to 2016, but he
didn't do much to stand out, so he spent the next two years in the minor leagues. He worked hard to get back to the big leagues and has been a solid player for the past few years.
The Twins' infield mix has changed a lot over the offseason, but Carlos Correa and Jorge Polanco should still be in the middle. Gio Urshela was sent to the Angels in a trade.
This made the hot corner available for José Miranda, who spent a lot of time at first base last year. Luis Arraez was sent to the Marlins in a trade, and Miguel Sanó's
option was turned down. All of this means that Alex Kirilloff, a left-handed pitcher, might be the best choice at first base. Since Solano did well at the beginning of last year,
he might be able to work with Kirilloff some. In addition to the usual platoon strategy, it might make sense to keep an eye on Kirilloff's workload, since he has been having
wrist problems for a while now.The team's outfield also has a number of players who hit left-handed.
Right-handed Byron Buxton will play in the middle, but left-handed
Joey Gallo, Max Kepler, Nick Gordon, Trevor Larnach, Matt Wallner, and Kirilloff could play in the corners.The team doesn't have a designated hitter, so these players will
probably take turns hitting against left-handed pitchers. Solano could also fill in for them from time to time. Solano's ability to play second base could also let him give
Polanco a day off every now and then, but the team also has Kyle Farmer and Gordon who can do that job.