The Minnesota Twins will look to build off of their success last season as they won the AL Central division with a 36-24 record. They head into the offseason looking to improve the roster and build a Twins team by Opening Day capable of winning the World Series for the first time since 1991.
Minnesota still needs to make a few roster and free agency moves for that goal to be accomplished. With that in mind, here are three moves the Twins should make before the 2021 MLB season starts.
1. Add a Veteran Utility Player
The Twins starting infield is set with Miguel Sano, Luis Arraez, Andrelton Simmons and Josh Donaldson leading the way. However, Jorge Polanco is set to be the only experienced infielder coming off the bench for the Twins. The team would benefit from signing a veteran they know they can rely on to field or hit in late-game situations. A few free agents left fit that role including Neil Walker (48 RBI last 2 seasons) and Jedd Gyorko (9 home runs in 2020). Both of these players can field multiple infield positions and are used to pinch-hitting scenarios. Plus, it would not cost much to sign them at this point.
2. Bring in a Power Bat
Another area lacking depth on the Twins roster right now is at designated hitter. While the team was able to bring back Nelson Cruz, the Twins lack a power bat to come off the bench or fill in on off days. Luckily, a few home run hitters are left on the market. Veteran MLB player Yoenis Cespedes wants to prove he still has some gas left in the tank, while Maikel Franco hit 8 home runs in 60 games played last season as a Kansas City Royal. Signing either one of these players would give the Twins an intriguing late-game option when in need of a spark.
3. Give Randy Dobnak A Chance
The Twins rotation is balanced between veteran starters and young unproven pitchers. When it comes down to it, Minnesota needs to give Randy Dobnak a chance at the fifth rotation spot rather than someone like J.A Happ or Matt Shoemaker. Dobnak has posted a career 3.12 ERA with the Twins and is has an 8-5 overall record as a pitcher. He is just 26 years old and has shown signs that he isn't even pitching his best baseball yet. Simply put, Dobnak offers much more upside than the veterans Minnesota brought in do. Letting the reigns go and giving Dobnak as many starts as the Twins can should be amongst the top priorities this season.
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