MINNEAPOLIS -- With the Winter Meetings less than a week away, the Twins remain in the market for relief help this offseason, especially at closer after trading veteran Fernando Rodney to the A's in August.The Twins bring back Trevor May, Trevor Hildenberger, Taylor Rogers and Addison Reed to the bullpen,
MINNEAPOLIS -- With the Winter Meetings less than a week away, the Twins remain in the market for relief help this offseason, especially at closer after trading veteran Fernando Rodney to the A's in August.
The Twins bring back Trevor May, Trevor Hildenberger, Taylor Rogers and Addison Reed to the bullpen, but they could add as many as three relievers this winter, much like last year, when they signed Zach Duke, Reed and Rodney.
May has the look of a future closer, but Minnesota is more likely to find a veteran with closing experience to serve in the role in the short term. Here's a look at available closers in free agency who could be a fit for the Twins:
Kimbrel is fresh off winning the World Series with the Red Sox and has been one of the best closers in the Majors over his nine-year career. The 30-year-old right-hander has a career 1.91 ERA with 333 saves and seven All-Star appearances. He's likely to sign with a contender and could be too pricey for Minnesota.
Soria picked up 16 saves with the White Sox last year before being traded to the Brewers in July. He posted a combined 3.12 ERA with 75 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings. The 34-year-old right-hander has 220 career saves and could be a fit for Minnesota, as he won't command the kind of deal that Familia and Kimbrel are looking for.
Robertson has familiarity with the division, having pitched with the White Sox from 2015-17, but he appears interested in signing with a big-market team after serving as a setup reliever with the Yankees since being acquired in a July '17 trade. The 33-year-old right-hander struck out 91 batters in 69 2/3 innings last season, but he hasn't served as a closer since the beginning of '17. Robertson is interested in a three-year deal, which might be too much for Minnesota.
Britton, who turns 31 this month, was an elite closer with the Orioles from 2014-17, but he dealt with a ruptured Achilles tendon at the end of '17. The left-hander has a career 3.21 ERA with 142 saves and is a ground-ball machine when healthy. Britton could be a bounce-back candidate, especially if he's interested in closing.
The Twins know Allen well, as he served as closer for the Indians from 2014-18, racking up 149 career saves to go with a 2.98 ERA. But he's coming off a down year that saw him register a 4.70 ERA despite striking out 80 batters in 67 innings. The 30-year-old right-hander needs to cut down on his home run rate (1.5 per nine innings in '18), but he is a buy-low candidate for the Twins.
Like Allen, Boxberger could be a good buy-low target, as he was non-tendered by the D-backs after putting up a 4.39 ERA with 32 saves last season. The 30-year-old right-hander has 76 career saves in seven Major League seasons, serving as closer for both the Rays and D-backs.
Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.