In Miguel Sano, the Minnesota Twins have one of the most promising young offensive forces in the game. Though he's primarily known for his offense, the Twins believe he could provide more on both sides of the diamond. Out of 80 games in his rookie year in 2015, Sano started at DH in 69 of them, and yet the Twins are considering moving him to a spot in the outfield.
The reasoning is this, as MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger laid out: the Twins have a big of a logistical issue at first base, especially if they sign Korean slugger Byung Ho Park. Park, Sano, Trevor Plouffe and Joe Mauer create a 'four players for two positions' issue regarding first and third base (as Sano spent some time at first base in 2015 too). That the Twins have this opportunity, by the way, is partly a result of the trade that sent Aaron Hicks to the New York Yankees last week.
Within that context, Minnesota GM Terry Ryan was quoted by Bollinger as saying that Sano will begin testing his skills in both left and right field in the Dominican Winter League and Spring Training, as the Twins weigh their options:
The 6'4" Sano would be one of the most imposing presences in the outfield in the entire league, but if he acclimated well to the situation and showed the club he'd be able to be a serviceable outfielder, it'd help solve their roster puzzle.
Manager Paul Molitor admitted that Sano in the outfield is definitely a work in progress, something he witnessed when the slugger did drills in batting practice last season:
In his rookie campaign, Sano hit 18 home runs and drove in 52 RBI while posting a WAR of 2.1 for Minnesota.