Old pal Lucas Duda signed a minor league deal with the Twins over the weekend. He’ll get $1.75 million if he makes the majors and with incentives, he can pull down $3.25 million. It’s been far from a smooth ride since he was traded from the Mets during the 2017 season. His OPS dropped 150 points after being dealt to the Rays. Then last year he was unimpressive with the Royals before doing a nice job down the stretch as a pinch-hitter for the Braves, delivering two doubles, a homer and four walks in 22 PA.
It will be tough to find PA as a DH in Minnesota, as the Twins added Nelson Cruz earlier in the offseason. But there’s potentially a nice platoon situation at first base with C.J. Cron getting PA versus lefties and Duda against righties. But first he’ll have to earn a spot in the majors with either a strong Spring Training or early output in the minors.