The Twins paid Miguel Sano over $9 million for just one dwelling run amongst 5 hits in 60 at-bats in 2022. And then paid him one other $3 million to merely go away.
Much has been manufactured from Sanó’s lack of ability to keep wholesome or in form or, merely, not present up just a few dozen kilos chubby.
Everything above is totally true. So true, the truth is, that even those that search for silver linings aren’t going to have a lot of an argument to make.
But I nonetheless suppose the Twins ought to think about bringing him again into the fold.
The expectations surrounding Sanó have been sky-excessive properly earlier than he made his main-league debut as a 22-12 months-outdated in the summertime of 2015. And regardless of placing out in over a 3rd of his plate appearances, he nonetheless managed to hit 18 dwelling runs. runs in 80 video games, reached base over 38% of the time and put up an OPS of .916. He hardly ever performed within the subject as he was coming off lacking the 204 season due to Tommy John surgical procedure, however the imaginative and prescient of being the third baseman of the long run was nonetheless shiny.
Of course, everyone knows what occurred the subsequent 12 months: somebody received the clever concept that Miguel Sanó might be a proper-fielder (whereas actually each not-as-good individual knew he could not) and Sanó was again to taking part in third base solely by July 1.
Getting jerked round brought about him to wrestle offensively, however nonetheless he managed 25 dwelling runs and bounced again to be an All-Star within the 2017 season.
The 2018 and 2020 seasons have been each actually unhealthy, however sandwiched round a 34-dwelling run 12 months in 2019 the place Sanó posted a profession-excessive .923 OPS.
You might take the 2020 season for what it was – brief with an absence of time to put together – add it to the 30 dwelling run season in 2021 and suppose possibly, simply possibly, Miguel Sanó might get again on observe in 2022. But that prepare derailed earlier than even leaving the station.
A torn meniscus on April 26 and extra knee points virtually instantly after returning in July brought about an abrupt finish to a brief, disappointing season.
The Twins paid Sanó greater than $34 million as a serious leaguer and watched him strike out over 1000(!) instances. And when his Twins profession ended unceremoniously after they purchased out his contract, many have been completely satisfied to wipe their fingers off him.
And that is positive.
But as you have a look at the present development of the Twins roster, you’ll be able to’t assist however surprise concerning the well being and depth of first base.
Luis Arraez – all 5′ 10” of him – is anticipated to be the Opening Day starter. Arreaz was incredible in 2021 and led the league in hitting, however isn’t your prototypical first baseman… and he isn’t precisely a mannequin of wholesome knees.
Jose Miranda performed a number of first base final 12 months… however with Gio Urshela getting traded, Miranda is the first third baseman.
Alex Kirilloff is an answer… if he recovers from having his arm shortened after battling wrist that lower brief his final two seasons.
Max Kepler and Joey Gallo are each choices within the sense that they are greater targets, however neither has performed a number of first base not too long ago. But that is a straightforward repair. Tell ’em Wash.
And there’s the place Sanó ought to enter the dialog. On a minor-league cope with an invite to Spring Training. If he exhibits up chubby and off form, you’ll be able to lower him. If he exhibits up just a little chubby and in a form apart from utterly spherical, you’ll be able to ship him to St. Paul to hit bombs and be a name away if the questionable depth fails in entrance of him.
Miguel Sanó does not have to be the #3 hitter. There does not have to be the expectations of being an All-Star or hitting 30 dwelling runs. But any gasoline that may nonetheless be in his virtually-30-12 months-outdated tank positive beats the concept of rostering the likes of the Curtis Terrys, Roy Moraleses and Tim Beckhams of the world.
It does for me anyway.