The best season of the Twins for nearly a decade ended with another playoff exit in the first round. The main focus of the Front Office shifted now to the off-season. Chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine met with reporters today and expressed the need to raise the ranks to a higher level (via La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune).
In particular, Falvey stated that the twins will strive for "impact pitching" in both the free hand and the merchant market. While the twins usually did not spend much in the freelance agency – Ervin Santana with a four-year term – the $ 55 million contract is the largest they've ever sold to a free agent or pitcher In general, Levine argued that he and Falvey would have to approach owner Jim Pohlad for "more aggressive spending."
Minnesota is certainly counting on having the resources to do so. Nelson Cruz 's $ 1
The $ 64.1 million theoretical baseline covers 12 players, and the twins have several other pre-arbitration assets to round off the list. Luis Arraez could well be the commonplace second next season, Mitch Garver will surely be the main catcher and Zack Littell seems to have conquered a bullpen spot. Jake Cave is likely to be a fourth candidate for the outfield, and the pitching staff will include a combination of pre-trial weapons such as Brusdar Graterol Devin Smeltzer . Ryne Harper Cody Stashak and Randy Dobnak – though this may not be all it is to open the season Mark, and the twins started the 2018 season with a payroll of $ 128 million. There's already plenty of room to be quite aggressive this winter, even if they feel comfortable only when they return to the previous $ 125-130 million threshold. If owner Jim Pohlad agrees with a statement by Falvey and Levine that the team's metaphorical window is open – Levine joked today about "feeling a breeze" – the available resource pool will only grow.
In order to be able to exactly target this pitching, the answer is clearly in the rotation. Jose Berrios is the only surefire candidate to return in 2020, as Jake Odorizzi Michael Pineda Kyle Gibson and Perez (depending on his voting decision) are free agents in this Winter. Graterol, one of baseball's top pitching contenders, could eventually find himself in the rotation, but still does not have enough experience.
The twins have never made a big leap into the free hand in the past. The most aggressive offer they reportedly released went to Yu Darvish before his six-year contract with the Cubs. However, Minnesota is said to have offered $ 100 million or more to Darvish. Although they have not completed such a deal yet, they have at least expressed some willingness. They would have to catapult themselves into another stratosphere to even get into the Gerrit Cole ballpark, which breaks the David Price record of $ 217 million for a pitcher in this offseason could. In the next category of weapons, however, Stephen Strasburg (19459004) and Madison Bumgarner (19459005) and Stephen Strasburg (19459005) can be seen. Zack Wheeler . Odorizzi, a candidate for a qualified bid, could possibly also return.
Outside the eight-year contract for $ 184 million for home stars Joe Mauer – The ruling AL MVP and a year off the vacant agency When the twins entered a new stadium when he signed this deal Minnesota never as particularly expensive. At some point, however, that will inevitably change. Whether they will be able to convince a first-class free agent to enter the Twin Cities in this off-season and whether they are willing to part with draft picks to sign pitchers who reject qualified quotes (eg B. Cole, Strasburg, Bumgarner, Wheeler)) remains to be seen. However, there seem to be plenty of reasons for a new season with 101 rear-wheel-drive victories, a relatively small number of employees committed to 2020, and at least two teams in the division under construction (Kansas City, Detroit) give pressure to exercise the limits towards 2020.