I predicted that tonight would be the Twins virtual low ebb and the product on the field looks helpless right now against a lower tier opponent at home. I understand that all things go in cycles--the starting pitching has been horrid for a full turn, but they've been better than that. The team will hit better, especially with runners in scoring position, and they will make more plays in the field. That doesn't change that this is a bad club and they are right now light years away from contention.
There is no reason to keep veterans that won't be around as soon as next year. Trade or release all of the guys on the last year of their contract--Willingham, Burton, Suzuki, Correia--and play the guys with upside. We've seen Darnell, Johnson, and Pino make a few starts. They may or may not be able to fill out a rotation, but the arms that compete with the good arms in the American League are in the minors. Meyer and May certainly need to get a half dozen or more starts each.
I would also tell Gardy that he was out at the end of the year and if he wanted a job in the organization, he could resign now or wait and be fired at the end of the season. Personally, I would like to see the Pohlads hire someone from outside the organization to be a new GM, but I would settle for hiring an outsider as Ryan's successor-in-waiting.
In my estimation, there isn't a lot of dead wood amongst the position players, except for the expiring contracts. There are way too many soft tossers and aging hurlers on the staff and that has to change. I actually think there has been a change in the minors, but it hasn't been reflected yet on the Twins.