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3 Free Agents the Twins Must Avoid This Offseason

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 25:  Rick Porcello #22 of the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 25, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Boston Red Sox v Texas Rangers | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

After their record-setting 2019 season, it's fair to say the Minnesota Twins are heading into the offseason without the thought of addressing their offense in mind.

Come 2020, they can be expected to battle for the AL Central crown once again and make noise in the postseason (so long as they aren't matched up with the Yankees), but they need to avoid making the mistake of signing these three players.

3. Cole Hamels

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 16: Starting pitcher Cole Hamels #35 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the ball in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on September 16, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs | Quinn Harris/Getty Images

Hamels might flaunt the postseason experience -- he's a former NLCS and World Series MVP with the Phillies -- that will persuade some clubs to offer him a contract, but he is now 35 years old, and was genuinely woeful down the stretch in 2019 when he returned from his oblique injury. Across 10 starts, Hamels compiled a 5.79 ERA. If that doesn't indicate that father time is beginning to take its toll, we don't know what does. Minny would be wise to stay away.

2. Dallas Keuchel

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - OCTOBER 07:  Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Atlanta Braves delivers the pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning in game four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 07, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)
Divisional Series - Atlanta Braves v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four | Scott Kane/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves ended Dallas Keuchel's 2018 free agency saga by bringing in the vet southpaw midseason with the hope that he would personify an imposing force on the bump in October. Well, that plan didn't exactly work out, as Keuchel posted a 4.50 ERA in two starts (just eight innings). The Twins would be wise to pursue arms like Stephen Strasburg, Wade Miley, Zack Wheeler, or even Madison Bumgarner.

1. Rick Porcello

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 20: Rick Porcello #22 of the Boston Red Sox pitches to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game at Tropicana Field on September 20, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays | Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

It doesn't take a baseball expert to come to terms with the fact that Rick Porcello was terrible in 2019. Red Sox fans will never forget his Cy Young campaign back in 2016, but he is MILES away from the pitcher he was then. Since, he has logged ERA's of 4.65, 4.28 and 5.58. What more needs to be said? A bounce-back season could be in the works, but there are simply plenty of better hurlers on the market for the Twins to pursue.