With the World Series ongoing and the offseason almost officially upon us, Major League Baseball teams soon will turn their attention to the 2023 season.
Minnesota general manager Thad Levine will have plenty of decisions to make, especially concerning the starting rotation.
Three Twins starters have options and another is due a nice raise via arbitration.
There’s also some free agents to consider brining back and other arbitration cases to ponder – can any be signed to longer-term deals (perhaps Luis Arraez?) and who will be nontendered and made a free agent?
Of course, there’s also the Carlos Correa situation and impending hole at shortstop (especially with Royce Lewis, recovering from a torn ACL, not expected to be ready by the start of the season).
Here's a rundown of the Twins' contract situations this offseason, with salary included (information from Cot's Baseball Contracts, spotrac and baseball-reference.com; arbitration estimates via MLBTradeRumors.com).
OF Byron Buxton – Signed through 2028 ($15 million each year).
OF Max Kepler – Signed through 2023 ($8.5 million in 2023 and $10 million team option with $1 million buyout in 2024).
SP Kenta Maeda – Signed through 2023 ($3 million; also has several bonuses including $150,000 for being on opening day roster and performances bonuses based on games started and innings).
SS Jorge Polanco – Signed through 2023 ($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).
SP Chris Archer -- $10 million mutual option with $750,000 buyout.
SP Dylan Bundy -- $11 million team option with $1 million buyout.
SS Carlos Correa – Signed through 2024 ($35.1 million each season) but can opt out after the 2022 or ’23 seasons, which he is expected to do.
SP Sonny Gray -- $12 million team option (no buyout).
1B Miguel Sano -- $14 million team option with $2.75 million buyout.
Free agents (2022 salary)
RP Michael Fulmer ($4.95 million)
OF Billy Hamilton ($700,000)
C Sandy Leon ($1 million)
SP Aaron Sanchez ($2 million)
C Gary Sanchez ($9 million)
Arbitration eligible (2022 salary/2023 projected arb figure/ free agency year)
RP Jorge Alcala ($717,900/$800,000/2026)
1B/2B Luis Arraez ($2.125 million/$5 million/2026)
OF Kyle Garlick ($700,000/$1.1 million/2027)
RP Jorge Lopez ($1.5 million/$3.7 million/2025)
SP Tyler Mahle ($5.2 million/$7.2 million/2024)
RP Emilio Pagan ($2.3 million/$3.7 million/2024)
SP Chris Paddack ($2.25 million/$2.4 million/2025)
RP Cody Stashak ($720,400/$800,000/2026)
RP Caleb Thielbar ($1.3 million/$2.4 million/2025)
3B Gio Urshela ($6.55 million/$9.25 million/2024)
Pre-arbitration (2022 salary)
SP Jordan Balazovic ($700,000)
OF Gilberto Celestino ($702,850)
OF Mark Contreras ($700,000)
RP Jhoan Duran ($700,000)
SP Blayne Enlow ($700,000)
UT Nick Gordon ($706,800)
RP Ronny Henriquez ($700,000)
SP Griffin Jax ($700,000)
C Ryan Jeffers ($713,000)
OF Alex Kirilloff ($708,250)
OF Trevor Larnach ($700,000)
SS Royce Lewis ($700,000)
RP Trevor Megill ($700,000)
1B/3B Jose Miranda ($700,000)
RP Jovani Moran ($700,000)
RP Bailey Ober ($706,200)
SP Joe Ryan ($701,650)
SP Cole Sands ($700,000)
SP Louie Varland ($700,000)
OF Matt Walner ($700,000)
SP Josh Winder ($700,000)
SP Simeon Woods-Richardson ($700,000)