Source: Twins close to contract extension with SS Jorge Polanco

Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco is close to signing a contract extension. Photo: (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco is close to signing a contract extension.

February 14, 2019 10:28 AM

A source confirms to KSTP Sports that the Twins and shortstop Jorge Polanco are finalizing a contract extension. The Twins have scheduled a news conference for Friday morning.

The source said the deal will guarantee Polanco around $25 million over five years, and it'll include a couple of option years. The deal is expected to take Polanco until his age-32 season.

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Polanco, 25, was suspended 80 games last spring for failing a drug test (Stanozolol, a steroid). The previous year in 2017, he had become one of the better hitters in a great Twins' lineup.

Polanco returned as the starting shorstop in 2018 and hit .288/.345/.427 in the second half.

He can also play second base, if/when top prospect Royce Lewis is ready to come to the big leagues.

The Twins are also working on longer term contracts for Max Kepler, Eddie Rosario, and others, the source said.

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