The 2019 MLB All-Star was traded to the Seattle Mariners on Monday night. The Twins got 4 players in return for Polanco. They received reliever Justin Topa, starter Anthony DeSclafani, and prospects Gabriel Gonzalez (MLB’s #79 ranked prospect) and Darren Bowen. They also received $8 million towards DeSclafani’s $12 million contract… we’ll touch on that later.
For now, let’s look back at the unforgettable memories he had with the Twins.
Polanco hits 2019’s 1st Cycle
April 5th, 2019 – On a cold day in Philadelphia, Polanco became the 11th Minnesota Twin to hit for the cycle.
This jump started Polanco’s All-Star campaign in an unforgettable 2019 season for Minnesota. He ended with with a batting line of .295/.356/.485 with 22 homers and 79 RBI.
Polanco’s 1st MLB Homer
May 15th, 2016 – In a game against Max Kepler’s son (Trevor Bauer), Polanco hit a 2-2 pitch dead center in Cleveland for his 1st MLB homer.
In the following years, Polanco solidified himself as a player as a household name in Twins Territory. Fans and players alike knew the potential this guy had, and he sure didn’t let any of us down!
Polanco launches a 3-run shot to right in Game 1 of the 2023 ALDS
Despite the game 1 loss, he gave Twins fans a reason to cheer for them in their battle against the hated Houston Astros. If it wasn’t for that Polanco blast, it genuinely would not have been worth watching.
The 2 longest tenured Twins share a moment
In an interview during the playoffs, the 2 longest tenured Twins share a pretty fun moment together.
At 5:57 in the video, the guys are asked a question that is 10 years in the making. Even then, it’s enough to make you pause and think about all they have been through together. Now, it just flat out hurts. I hate that we have ripped them apart, but this leads me to my next point: it was one or the other.
What does this trade do for the Twins going forward?
The Twins renewed both Kepler and Polanco’s contracts at the end of the season. The team has both outfield and infield depth with younger guys coming up thru the system, so one had to be moved.
I personally like this trade. So does Twins Head of Baseball Operations, Derek Falvey.
Obviously he’s going to say this, I get it. But the trade opens up a lot of possibilities for future trades and moves.
With $8 million coming back with this trade, I can see them making a move for a Sonny Gray replacement. DeSclafani won’t pitch for the Twins, nor will Gonzalez play for a minor league affiliate.
I can see the Twins packaging the 2 players, along with another current prospect in the minor league system, for a front line pitcher. Jesus Luzardo has been sought after by Twins fans since the offseason began, but will it get the job done?
The emergence of Edouard Julien in 2023 made things great for the Twins, but the real prize has yet to be unveiled.
2023 Twins minor league player of the year Brooks Lee is said prize. I figured a move would need to happen in order to free up space for Lee on the MLB roster. It sounds like he’s free to come up whenever he’s ready, which was part of Falvey’s plan all along.
With that being said, I will surely miss Polanco. All of us will. He was a great player and was a crucial player in this organization for the last 10 years. I wish him nothing but the best in Seattle. So let’s give one last hip hip, Jorge!
Former professional High School Baseball player. 12 Handicap Golfer. Patrick Reusse blocked me for calling him old.