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Twins 2020 Offseason BluePrint

Posted by Hansen101 , 27 November 2019 · 1,458 views

My 2020 Offseason Blueprint gives out multiple different avenues the Twins can go down to acquire starting pitching, among some signings for depth/bench pieces.
Sign Free Agent Starting Pitchers.
Develop pitchers from the farm system.
Trade for a young controllable starter.
Backup Catcher.
Nice bullpen piece.
Sign Free Agent Starting Pitching
The Twins probably won’t sign Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strausburg, because they will be too much money, so the Twins will sign the next tier of starting pitchers, two that come to mind are Madison Bumgarner, and Zack Wheeler. According to sports guy 5 Eyewitness News and contributor to 1500ESPN.com Darren Wolfson says Wheeler is asking for a 5yr/$84M contract. Since Wheeler will be a hot commodity I think Falvey/Levine will sign Wheeler for 5yr/$95M.
Trade For a Young Controllable Starter
Twins trade: Eddie Rosario (LF), Jhoan Duran (SP), Jorge Alcala (RP), and another low tier prospect.
Tigers trade: Matthew Boyd (SP)
Last year during the trade deadline the Twins were rumored to be interested in trading for Madison Bumgarner, Zack Wheeler, Robby Ray, etc. but nothing happened because the teams either thought they were still in the playoff race, or the teams were asking for too much. Boyd was one of the hotter commodities at the trade deadline but wasn’t moved because the Tigers were asking way too much from other teams, but after the trade deadline Boyd fell apart. I believe if the Twins make this trade Pitching Coach Wes Johnson can work his magic and fix Boyd.
Sign a Dominant Bullpen Arm
Twins sign RP Drew Pomeranz to a 2yr/$14M contract
Pomeranz was a dominant bullpen arm after San Francisco traded him to Milwaukee. After the trade Pomeranz was a strikeout machine for the Brewers Pomeranz struck out 45 batters in 26.1 IP. If the Twins were to sign Pomeranz that would make the Twins bullpen deadlier pairing Pomeranz at the end of the bullpen with Taylor Rogers, Trevor May, and Tyler Duffey.
Sign a Backup Catcher
Twins bring back Jason Castro to a 1yr/$5M contract
The Twins will need to sign a backup catcher this offseason. I don’t see Castro finding a team that will sign him to be the everyday catcher, so Castro comes back to Minnesota for another year.
Twins 2020 Roster
C- Mitch Garver- $600,000
1B- CJ Cron- $7,700,000
2B- Luis Arraez- $600,000
3B- Miguel Sano- $5,900,000
SS- Jorge Polanco- $3,833,333
LF- Marwin Gonzalez- $9,000,000
CF- Byron Buxton- $2,900,000
RF- Max Kepler- $6,250,000
DH- Nelson Cruz- $12,000,000
UT- Ehire Adrianza- $1,900,000
UT- Willians Astudillo- $600,000
OF- Jake Cave- $600,000
C- Jason Castro- $5,000,000
SP- Jose Berrios- $5,400,000
SP- Zack Wheeler- $19,000,000
SP- Jake Odorizzi- $17,800,000
SP- Matthew Boyd- $6,400,000
SP- Randy Dobnak- $600,000
RP- Taylor Rogers- $3,900,000
RP- Trevor May-$2,100,000
RP- Tyler Duffey- $1,100,000
RP- Zack Littell- $600,000
RP- Devin Smeltzer- $600,000
RP- Drew Pomeranz- $7,000,000
RP- Trevor hildenberger- $600,000
RP- Fernando Romero- $600,000
2020 Opening Day Payroll- $122,583,333

Nov 27 2019 12:17 PM

It's always interesting to read these thoughts to predict/arrange the Twins 2020 roster. This post, like others, makes some suggestions that seem possible and concentrates on keeping the team largely intact from last year. 

Everyone agrees that pitching is needed. This post suggests a Pomeranz signing and poof, that's gone. I appreciate the writer's post. I hope the Twins act on their needs soon.

There is room to sign two good free agent pitchers and hold onto Rosario and Duran. I would not have Cron back for more than $5.0 million. I'm afraid that Castro will get more money but Alex Avila might be available. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Yup, Pomeranz is off the market, but I believe the Twins could spend that money MUCH better by signing Dellan Betances.He would be an excellent RH complement to Taylor Rogers. Plus, he's Dellan Frickin' Betances !!!Everyone assumes he's just going to sign with the Yankees.As lee Corso would say "Not So Fast" !! Now that the Orioles have waived Johnathon Villar, would the Twins have any interest ??It's hard to ignore a middle infielder with .274 24HR's 40 SB's and 114 runs scored.He and Arraez at the top of the order would be intriguing to say the least.Villar could play SS or 2B moving Arraez to 3B and Sano to 1B.