The Twins had an abysmal 2012, due mostly in part to the injuries they suffered. However, the majority of 2013 is going to be every bit as bad because of their wretched off season. I can’t imagine too many other teams that are projected to win less than 70 games. They did manage to restock the farm system and going into 2014 they should be significantly better. At the moment, they are no match for the Dodgers.
The Twins do have some nice pieces. Justin Morneau is going to have to prove that he is no longer suffering from the concussion that hampered him in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Joe Mauer will need to also prove that he can play more than 90 or 100 games at catcher. Last year they had a severe shortage in their rotation and that will continue throughout 2013 unless they make some moves. The signing of Kevin Correia was one of the 3 worst moves of the off season. Why give a player like that 2 years?
Their farm system is barren of anything resembling a middle infielder. They would do themselves a huge favor by trading Morneau and Willingham for a couple of MLB ready middle infielders. Willingham’s trade value was probably at its peak mid-season last year around the trade deadline. But suspiciously they didn’t move him. But seriously, who is going to play shortstop for them this year? This might be the worst team shortstop production wise we see from any other team in the game.
Eventually, the twins will come back to compete in the AL Central. There just isn’t much depth behind the Tigers. But it may be 2 or 3 years before we see them with a winning record again. But as for now, they are full of holes and they need to make some shrewd moves to turn this organization around. It can be done, but, just like the Blue Jays, they will need to find a Jose Bautista to propel them to a quick turn around.