Minnesota Twins infielder Luis Arraez may be an even better fit for the Colorado Rockies
Jorge Polanco is a good fit for the Colorado Rockies but Minnesota Twins infielder Luis Arraez is, perhaps, an even better fit.
In the minor leagues, Arraez, who turns 25 in April, was always known for his good contact (.331 batting average in the minors) and it has translated to the majors. He made his debut for Minnesota in 2019. He appeared in 92 games and he only had four homers and 28 RBI but he had 20 doubles and hit .334/.399/.439 with an OPS+ of 124.
In 2020, he missed some time due to a knee injury but in 32 games, he still hit .321/.364/.402 with an OPS+ of 113. He missed some time in 2021 due to a concussion and a knee injury but in 121 games, he hit .294/.357/.376 with an OPS+ of 105.
The power numbers are not great but when Arraez is healthy, he would be a great bat at the top of the lineup for the Rockies.
Additionally, as Rockies fans know, the Rockies love their versatile players and Arraez is. He has spent the most time at second base but he also has significant time in the majors at third base and left field along with a handful of games at shortstop (he played shortstop more in the minors).
Defensively in 2021, he played second, third, and left and he was a good defender at all three positions as he had 5 DRS at third (55 games), 2 DRS at second (48 games), and 3 DRS in left (27 games).
Under the current CBA, he still isn’t even arbitration-eligible so he would be a very cheap option on the salary front but in a trade, the Twins will want a lot for him.