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Minnesota Twins: New Year, New Team

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The Minnesota Twins had the toughest 2016 season out of all the other teams…literally. Last season was marked by the firing of general manager Terry Ryan and the team finishing last in major league baseball with a record of 59-103. The Twins certainly have some work to do this off-season to upgrade their farm system for their rebuild.


 Off-Season Moves:

So far the off-season for the Twins has been quiet, which is surprising for a team currently amidst a rebuild. Minnesota has signed many players to minor league deals, but the team has only made one trade so far this off-season. On December 8th, 2016, the Twins claimed RHP Miguel Diaz off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers and then traded him later that day to the San Diego Padres in exchange for RHP Justin Haley.

Haley is a starting pitcher that finished 2016 in Double-A with a record of 5-4 and a 2.20 ERA. Haley throws a low 90’s fastball that is noted for having an impressive spin rate. The 25-year-old right hander caught the scout’s eye last season due to his deceptive delivery and ability to induce a lot of bad swings. Haley will probably be assigned to Triple-A Rochester.

Expectations For 2017:

This year is most likely going to be another rough season for the Minnesota Twins and their fans, most of the roster is returning this season. The biggest loss was Kurt Suzuki selecting free agency last November so the roster is basically the same. A logical step in the rebuild process would be to try to acquire more young talent. Currently, the Twins have four players on the top 100 prospects list, and will most likely be looking to acquire more.

Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau – Photo Credit: Flickr

Trade rumors have been thrown around for second baseman Brain Dozier, but not many other players on the roster are drawing much attention so far this off-season. The Twins may look to trade Dozier in order to improve their farm system for the rebuild.

Other rumors have been floating around that Minnesota is interested in a reunion with designated hitter Justin Morneau. Morneau spent 2016 with the Chicago White Sox producing a batting line of .261 AVG/ .303 OBP/ .429 SLG over 203 at-bats. Justin spent the first ten years of his career with the Twins, and a reunion would certainly give the Twins more depth on offense.

Summary:

Minnesota’s quiet off-season most likely means that their big move is still yet to come. The Twins need more depth in the starting rotation and the bullpen. The Twins are going to look to acquire prospects in the rest of the off-season while keeping some of the younger talents such as Byron Buxton and Miguel Sanó.

The road ahead may look bleak for the Twins, but with the right moves they can rebuild this team back into playoff contention.