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2020 was supposed to the Twins breakout year as a bona fide World Series contender. Last season they picked up a marquee free agent in Josh Donaldson and several other finishing pieces, and had maturity in the position player core.

Instead, they had another short-lived playoff push and several of the finishing pieces are now free agents leaving holes throughout the roster. Most, if not all, of the Twins top prospects — Royce Lewis (No. 1 per MLB Pipeline), Alex Kirilloff (No. 2), Trevor Larnach (No. 3), Jordan Balazovic (No. 4), Jhoan Duran (No. 5) and Ryan Jeffers (No. 6) — were expected to graduate to the Majors sometime in 2020 or 2021. Kirilloff and Jeffers did, and the others likely aren’t far behind. But with the Twins again hoping to contend, how much will they be willing to rely on young talent? And how much will the pandemic-shortened season without fans affect the finances of teams around the league?

It’s a safe guess that the Twins will be busy in the offseason as they try to add to the roster before opening day in 2021.

Starting Pitching

Jake Odorizzi and Rich Hill are now free agents, so their strength in 2020 is no more. Young starters were ineffective last year, but potentially look for top prospects Jhoan Duran and Jordan Balazovic to make debuts in 2021. The Twins could still use depth and experience until those two have established themselves.


As with starting pitching, many of the heavily used relief arms are now free agents. Trevor May was signed by the Mets. Tyler Clippard and Sergio Romo are free agents. Their remaining group is inexperienced and could use some veteran help.

Multi-positional Options

Marwin Gonzalez and Ehire Adrianza have departed leaving a glaring hole on the bench for the Twins. Because of the shaky health record of Donaldson, and injury-plagued Jorge Polanco, there is a need for at least one, if not two players considered flexible.

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