Bobby Nightengale from the Star Tribune put out an article that stated that the Twins are looking to reduce payroll. They opened 2023 with an estimated $153 million dollar payroll, whereas the estimates are that they could look to be in the $125-$140-million-dollar range to begin 2024. The Twins could be looking at trying to get rid of approximately $15-$20 million dollars before the season begins. There are a few targets the Mariners could look to, in hopes of improving the roster and helping the Twins shed that money.
Looking at the Twins contracts we will just get these 2 out of the way. Carlos Correa signed a 6 year deal worth $200 million dollars. That pays him an average of a little over $33 million dollars a year through at least 2028. I am not touching him with a 10 ft pole. There is no trade that could work out. The other one is Byron Buxton. Buxton signed a 7-year $100 million dollar deal, which after his impressive 2021 season where he was worth 4 wins in only 61 games, seemed like it could be a good deal. But man, this guy can't stay healthy! He hasn't played more than 92 games since 2017 and carries an AAV of $15 million through 2028. Again, I am steering very clear of him.
Let's look at 2 Twins in particular, that could provide some good value to the Mariners while allowing the Twins to continue to compete and shed some bigger contracts.