Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has been talking about Kyle Gibson all offseason.
The outfielder has been on the trading block for quite some time now, with the Twins having signed him to a one-year deal.
And now Gibson has been dealt away.
Well, Gibson was signed to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $9 million, which was the minimum contract allowed under MLB’s collective bargaining agreement.
The Twins made a trade to get him for the No. 6 overall pick, which is not exactly a great deal.
Gibson is a plus-plus player with a high power/speed ratio and good speed, but he was not really a consistent contributor for Minnesota this season, batting just .216/.288/.353 in his first three seasons.
And while Gibson was still a valuable contributor, his production dipped considerably as the year went on.
Gibson hit just .233/.304/.364 in 2016 and his slugging percentage dipped from .732 in 2015 to .701 in 2016.
In addition, he had just a .202 average in 2017.
He also struggled to stay healthy, batting a paltry .233 in 2017, and has only played in 11 games this season.
It’s been a tough year for Gibson.
It wasn’t easy for the Twins to make the trade to acquire him, but they did it anyway.
How did they do it?
Gibson is owed $9.25 million for the 2019 season, and he’s still owed another $4.75 million in 2020.
Gibson was the most expensive outfielder to be signed by the Twins, and they got him at a very reasonable price, and it worked out in the long run.
He will now get to start playing at a high level in Minnesota.
Gibson had an average of a .302 average with Minnesota in 2016, but that dipped to .253 in 2017 and .254 in 2018.
He’ll be a player to watch if the Twins want to contend for a playoff spot this season as the first-year player he’ll be able to play alongside Kyle Gibson.
Gibson has two years remaining on his contract, and the Twins could use another outfielder to play behind Gibson, and if he is willing to take on a little more responsibility in the outfield, he could be a nice piece in free agency as well.
He’s also an intriguing prospect to watch in the near future.
He is an outfielder who can hit and hit hard and has power to go with it, and there’s no reason he can’t be a useful contributor at the major league level.
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