4. Minnesota Twins
Chris Taylor has former teammates in Kenta Maeda and Kyle Garlick on the Minnesota Twins and that could help bridge the gap between LA and Minnesota. In fact, you’re going to see a trend in this article where the rest of the teams remaining roster at least one former teammate of Taylor’s.
That wasn’t completely intentional — the Dodgers just have plenty of former players scattered throughout the league. It’s hard to really narrow it down.
The Twins are coming off a very disappointing 2021 season, but it doesn’t take much to convince themselves that they can contend once more with the right additions, especially in a (largely) weak AL Central. Bryon Buxton was playing out of his mind before injuries ended his season, so it’s not like Minnesota doesn’t have a star to build around.
The pitching staff is going to need some work, but the Twins have some highly-touted young arms that are either already with the big-league club or will be soon arriving to help fill out a talented rotation.
The Twins can easily make room for Taylor in the everyday starting lineup as well. With Josh Donaldson likely transitioning to DH, Taylor can start at third base with Royce Lewis at shortstop and Jorge Polanco at second.
Against right-handed pitching, the Twins can get Luis Arraez into the lineup and have Taylor play left field, which is a big area of weakness for them.