The Twins' most-discussed offseason move this season was the addition of designated hitter Nelson Cruz, and rightfully so. Cruz provided an imposing threat in the heart of the Twins' order and was a leader in the clubhouse, spreading his knowledge and experience around a team that won 101 games, second-most since the Twins moved to Minnesota in 1961. But many of the moves the front office made last winter paid dividends in 2019, perhaps none more than the decisions to lock shortstop Jorge Polanco and outfielder Max Kepler into team-friendly deals. The Twins bought out arbitration years to do so, doling out five-year deals with options. They were rewarded as both players had career years in 2019.
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