The Minnesota Twins started the 2022 MLB season on the right foot, but couldn't maintain that momentum as time went on. Since the start of July, the Twins' .420 winning percentage ranks ninth-worst in the Majors, playing a key role in their missing the playoffs for the second straight year.
Oct. 5 marks exactly 18 years since Minnesota's last MLB playoff win. Twins fans are growing tired of the lack of success, meaning general manager Thad Levine must make some serious improvements this offseason, which could see the club parting ways with several players.
Here are three Twins that won't be returning for the 2023 MLB season.
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1. Michael Fulmer, RP
The Twins acquired Michael Fulmer from the Detroit Tigers at the trade deadline, but it's safe to say his tenure hasn't gone as planned. While the veteran reliever's tenure started decently, his 4.60 ERA in 17 appearances since Aug. 24 leaves a lot to be desired. On top of that, Fulmer has also surrendered 30 hits, 10 runs and three homers over 24.1 innings pitched with Minnesota, compared to 29 hits and14 runs with one HR in 39.1 IP with Detroit. Fulmer is set to hit free agency this offseason and it won't be shocking if the Twins decide not to bring him back. The club can likely find a cheaper replacement on the open market.
2. Chris Archer, SP
Gone are the days when Chris Archer was a Cy Young candidate. The 34-year-old starter was far from special this season, going 2-8 with a 4.66 ERA in 25 starts. Archer's contract has a mutual option that would see him return for the 2023 season, but there's a good chance that Minnesota isn't interested in doing so based on this year's showing. A pitcher-needy team may take a chance on him, but that might even be a long shot considering how he's only won three games in 31 starts since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2020.
3. Gary Sanchez, C
Gary Sanchez is yet another player on the decline that the Twins may part ways with. On top of the two-time All-Star batting an underwhelming .203 in 127 games, his 15 home runs are the worst total of his career outside of the COVID-shortened season that still saw him hit 10 HRs in 49 games. Furthermore, his 134 strikeouts are also a career-worst. The Twins and Sanchez avoided arbitration this year by agreeing to a one-year, $9 million deal, meaning this offseason is his first chance to test free agency. If the 29-year-old wants more money and Minnesota doesn't think he's worth that price tag again, he may not be in a Twins jersey next season.
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