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As we count down to opening day Andre Dawson Jersey, we’ll be taking a look at each position for the Twins, the presumed starter, and the other options in the organization. Today we’ll be looking at short stop.The Presumed Starter: Jorge PolancoWith Max Kepler, Polanco is the other young Twin to agree to an extension this spring. Like Kepler, Polanco is already a key cog in the success of the Twins machine, and like Kepler he still has something to prove. While Kepler has to prove he can successfully hit southpaws, Polanco needs to prove that he can stay at short. Polanco has a good bat for a shortstop, which means the Twins could potentially move him to second or third down the line, if he is unable to defend his position, or if Wander Javier or Royce Lewis force the issue. Last season Polanco hit .288/.345/.427 in 77 games, while missing half the season due to a banned-substance suspension. For 2019, the major projections are a bit torn on Polanco, with Steamer taking the more optimistic tack at .272/.333/.420, and ZiPS being more bullish, at .263/.316/.401, with only ten dongs, compared to 13 or 14 dingers on the other projections. As a result Ron Santo Jersey, Steamer expects Polanco to be an offensive force, racking up 3.4 oWAR, while ZiPS suggests Polanco will be below replacement level with the bat, at -4.8 oWAR. Both expect plus defense, and in this case ZiPS provides the higher number. The Bench Guys: Ehire Adrianza, Marwin Gonzalez, Ronald Torreyes, Nick GordonAdrianza has been with the Twins for a few years now, and is a very competent utilityman. Last season he appeared in a career-high 114 games, and served as the primary shortstop during Polanco’s suspension. Adrianza hit .251/.301/.379 last season, and is projected to do similarly this season—ZiPS has him at .243/.299/.355, while Steamer has him hitting .254/.313/.373. In 64 2018 games at short he registered a .966 fielding percentage.Gonzalez is a newcomer to the Twins, but came up in the Cubs and Astros system as a shortstop. He’s been an adequate fill-in there for Houston, when called upon, but was largely blocked by some guy named Jose Altuve. Still, in 2018, Gonzalez did appear at short 39 times http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey, and the Twins may ask him to shoulder a similar workload. He’ll likely start the season as their primary third baseman, however.Another newcomer to the organization is Ronald Torreyes. With an option remaining, Torreyes is likely to begin the season in Triple-A Rochester. If the injury bug strikes the Twins infield, however, he is likely the next in line for a call up. He’s appeared in parts of four seasons now, for the Dodgers and Yankees, and is primarily a glove-first guy, who has never turned in a season at below-replacement-level. If the Twins are not in a heated pennant race come September, they very well may get Nick Gordon some playing time at short, if not sooner. Gordon hit the cover off the ball in his second year at double-A Chattanooga, but scuffled a little bit when promoted to triple-A. He could force the Twins hand with a strong first half, and be a key part of the future. If he struggles again, however, he may be passed in the organization.Next up… Third Base The Philadelphia Phillies and free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper are nearing an agreement on a contract, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Sunday.The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reported in November the Washington Nationals had put a 10-year deal on the table that would approach $300 million. According to Nightengale, Harper «will ultimately receive more» from Philadelphia than Washington's last offer.MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Harper has «multiple» offers that are worth more than $30 million per year, and while the Phillies are the favorites Ryne Sandberg Jersey, there is an «evolving» market.Earlier Sunday Heyman reported that in addition to the Phillies, the Nationals, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants and «multiple mystery teams» have yet to be informed a decision has been made.Although they finished 80-82 and ended up 10 games behind the National League East champion Atlanta Braves, the Phillies are seemingly on the verge of a breakthrough. Principal owner John Middleton said the team was prepared to spend big this offseason to supplement its young core.«We're going into this expecting to spend money,» he said in November, per Nightengale. «And maybe even be a little bit stupid about it. We just prefer not to be completely stupid.»While Middleton didn't explicitly reference Harper or fellow superstar Manny Machado, many expected Philadelphia to make a major push for one or both players. Machado visited with the Phillies in December, and Harper met a contingent from the team in January.The Phillies have already acquired J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura and signed Andrew McCutchen, so they have been active this winter. General manager Matt Klentak made the case that failing to land Harper or Machado wouldn't represent a clear loss, per Philly.com's Matt Breen:«I'm really pleased with the fact that I believe that we've put our best foot forward with these guys so far. I'm really pleased with the rest of our offseason. That's why I really want to try to temper the notion that a failure to sign one of these big free agents renders this a bad offseason. We've had an objectively excellent offseason, in my opinion. That doesn't mean we're going to stop trying. We're going to keep pushing.»Fans may beg to differ, especially given how long Harper and Machado remain unsigned.Negotiations between Harper and Philadelphia may still fall apart since nothing is finalized. But Nightengale's report is the firmest indicator yet that the six-time All-Star is close to finding a new team.