Marwin Gonzalez and the Minnesota Twins officially came to a deal on Monday that will pay the former World Champion $21 Million over the course of the next two years.
Gonzalez had a forgettable season in 2018, hitting a .247/.324/.409 slash line with 16 home runs. Gonzalez hopes for a bounce-back this season and if he can replicate his 2017 season’s results, the Twins will have gotten him for a bargain.
Gonzalez, who will be going from the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros to the mediocre Minnesota Twins, expressed his distaste for not having a team while Spring Training games were being played and his excitement to begin this new chapter of his career.
“I’m not going to lie. It was kind of frustrating, especially the last week going on social media and seeing everybody in a baseball uniform and you are just working out by yourself, getting ready for spring training,” Gonzalez said. “But it was worth it. I couldn’t be in a better spot than here.”
Gonzalez also genuinely believes that he is not missing out on the opportunity to chase another championship by leaving the Astros saying, “We have a good chance here to make the playoffs, so I’m not going to miss them. Obviously, I’m going to miss my [Astros] teammates. But I’m ready to play here, I’m happy to be here, and I’m ready to go win ballgames and go to the playoffs.”
In 2018, Gonzalez played every position on the field with the exception of pitcher and catch. The super-utility man has also logged more than 60 games at five different positions during his seven-year stint with Houston.
“I don’t know how to say it, but it is kind of boring for me to be in the same spot every day,” Gonzalez said. “I fell in love with what I do. It used to be that way years ago that I wanted to be good at one position and wanted to play there and establish myself for my entire career and be one of the best at that position, but with time I fell in love with what I do and feel comfortable everywhere.”
The organization also expressed its excitement after landing the free agent saying, “(He) was somebody we certainly had our eye on all along for all the reasons that have been discussed,” said Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey. “His ability to fill so many different spots and impact us and to get every-day at-bats doing so was something we saw as a real benefit.”
“Marwin being here for more than one year was important for us and for him,” Falvey said. “He wanted to be here. He wanted to be in camp, He wanted to be a part of this. He looked at our roster, much like Nellie [Cruz] did early in the offseason and said, ‘This is a team that can grow. It’s got some good young talent in the room so let’s play the games and see how it shakes out.’”
The Twins have landed yet another solid player that could be a key piece in a potential Wild Card run. Gonzalez, for one, cannot wait to get back onto the field, and who could blame him.
“That’s the one thing I need to do. I don’t know how long it is going to take or if I need a few days,” Gonzalez said. “I can’t wait to be out there playing spring training games.”