The Twins’ move to avoid salary arbitration began Monday when they agreed to a one-year, $750,000 deal with outfielder Kyle Garrick, according to sources. The team has not yet confirmed the deal.
More deals like this are likely to materialize before the Friday deadline Solicit contracts for arbitration-eligible players, as Twins management prefers to consolidate contracts to avoid arbitration with as many players as possible before the non-tender deadline each offseason.
Garlick’s deal is just over the major league minimum salary of $720,000, and Put the Twins in the left-hander outfield group. Garlick appeared in 102 games and posted a .728 OPS in the organization as a platoon option against left-handed pitchers for two seasons. He has an OPS of .878 against lefties in 2021 and .805 in ’22.
Due to a strained hamstring, rib contusion and a sprained wrist, the 30-year-old of players played in just 66 games last season.
Given the salary flexibility of the Twins, given the left-handed roster, they can continue Look for impactful right-handed outfield options alongside Byron Buxton — especially in the outfield, where Max Kepler, Alex Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach, Matt Wallner and Nick Gordon currently make up the group.