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The Minnesota Twins made their first big move this offseason when the team signed Nelson Cruz and their latest splash was signing one of the top available free agents in utility man Marwin Gonzalez. The two-year deal, worth $21 million, will be finalized once he passes a physical.
Marwin Gonzalez on a two-year, $21m deal is a heck of a signing for the Twins. He will be the human safety net for new Minnesota Manager Rocco Baldelli, as Baldelli deals with the day-to-day challenges of a long season.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 22, 2019
Gonzalez played seven seasons for the Houston Astros, hitting .264 with 76 homers and 292 RBI in 795 games played for Houston. The switch-hitting jack-of-all-trades will likely find himself a spot somewhere in the middle of the Twins' batting order, somewhere nestled around the likes of Cruz, Eddie Rosario, Max Kepler, C.J. Cron and Jorge Polanco.
Gonzalez's best season in the Majors was 2017, when the Astros won the World Series title. That season, he posted a .303 batting average, 138 hits, 23 homers, 90 RBI, 34 doubles and a .907 OPS.
Marwin Gonzalez delivered big hits in #Astros 2017 season. World Series of course, but also this:— Robert Flores (@RoFlo) February 22, 2019
5/2 vs #Rangers, trailing in the 8th
Remember, Texas owned Houston up until this point. Astros went on to take 3 of 4 in first series of season. pic.twitter.com/CThyPCncI3
In terms of what we can expect from Gonzalez in fantasy baseball this season, that's a grab bag of outcomes.
We could very well see the 2017 version, which would make him an incredibly valuable asset, given the wide range of positions fantasy owners can play him in at – in most leagues, Gonzalez has infield eligibility at nearly every position. On the other hand, we could see the version of Gonzalez that hasn't seen him eclipse 130 hits, 20 homers and 70 RBI in six of his seven MLB seasons.
Gonzalez is definitely worth a selection in fantasy baseball drafts, mainly because for his positional versatility, but it had better be in the later rounds at a discount, rather than reaching for him early.
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