Twins Lock Up Polanco and Kepler for 5 Years + Options

The Twins' Jorge Polanco celebrates with Max Kepler after hitting a two-run home run against the White Sox during the fourth inning. (Jon Durr / Getty Images)
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I wrote about it earlier this week. The Minnesota Twins are looking to extend some of its young core while pitchers and catchers are officially reporting to camp as I type. First, it was Jorge Polanco earlier today and now he has been quickly followed by Max Kepler. Both guys will get 5 years + options

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For those who aren’t baseball snobs, the Twins will get Polanco on a 5-year deal (worth $25 Million) that has a vesting option for a 6th year and then a team-option for year 7. A vesting option means that year 6 becomes fully-guaranteed once he reaches certain milestones on his deal. Meanwhile, the 7th year is a classic team-option.

Those last two “optional” years would be years 2 and 3 of his free-agent eligibility.

I like the extension with Polanco a lot. He’s been the most consistent young player that has come up, out of the group. Rosario has been better lately, especially last season while Polanco was suspended for half of it. But when on the field, Polanco has been Mr. Steady, since busting through with the big league club.

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Aaron Gleeman doubles down on my love for Polanco.

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It was about 2 hours later that Max Kepler’s contract numbers started rolling in. It is a bit interesting that he will get more year-over-year than Polanco. When in the lineup, he’s been a lot less consistent and most of his numbers actually dropped last season.. 

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But then again, Kepler projects as a power-hitting outfielder who plays very plus defense… As Gleeman mentioned in his twitter thread above, Polanco projects as a front or back-of-the-lineup 2nd baseman who will play pretty good defense and hit for a good average. Those guys don’t get paid as much…

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Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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