Twins Must Decide On Former All-Star’s Fate

The Minnesota Twins lead the AL Central division after a tremendous first 3 1/2 months to the season. And they've done it all without the services of top slugger Miguel Sano for all but 17 games. Now, a big decision is upon them. Do they shuffle a winning roster in order to reinstate Sano?

The 1B/DH went down with a meniscus tear on May 1st while hitting .093, and his rehab has now ramped up to the point where he's hitting .333 with a 1.217 OPS in 12 minor league games, along with 5 HR and 11 RBIs. He seems ready. 

But Luis Arraez, Alex Kirilloff and Jose Miranda have performed well in his absence; in the name of youth, the Twins have been considering the tough decision of whether or not to DFA Sano, despite his rejuvenated bat (and knee). 

Sano’s 3-year, $30M contract is up at the end of this season, so could they cut the cord now or give him another chance? Could they even try to trade him by next week's deadline, with his gaudy rehab numbers?

That decision, from all accounts, is coming by Tuesday.

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