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Twins Opening Day Roster 2018 vs 2017

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#1 wagwan



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Posted 19 January 2018 - 03:44 AM

Although there are a few days left until this gets decided, it doesn't look like there will many decisions to make. If you assume that the Twins are adding a starter(Darvish), and they are done adding relief pitchers, twenty four spots are pretty set. 


I went back and looked at last year's opening day roster and I think 2018 matches up very favorably. Seven pitchers and two bench players will be different, and I contend they are to a man an upgrade.Let's take a look;


2018 2017

Darvish (or other) Santana


Berrios Hughes


Gibson Gibson


Rodney Kintzler

Reed Belisle

Duke Breslow

Hildendberger Tonkin  



Hughes?(only open spot)Duffey



Castro Castro



Polanco Polanco



Buxton Buxton




Garver Gimenez

AdrianzaD. Santana



Not bad upgrades in one year.Makes me feel pretty good about this season

Edited by wagwan, 19 January 2018 - 04:03 AM.

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#2 jorgenswest


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Posted 19 January 2018 - 08:12 PM

Looks a lot better with Darvish.

They will likely need 7 starters at some point in the first two months. Using Duffey’s option to start him in AAA would offer a lot more hope for depth than the options we saw early last year.

#3 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 08:35 PM

I knew it was the case but seeing how little lineup turnover there will be season over season is kinda amazing.

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 08:48 PM

I'd wait to do such a comparison until, say, March 15th.


This is a different off-season and lots of FAs are unsigned, and the Marlins wholesale is not over yet.I suspect that the Twins might have some opportunities to add where they did not expect to add.For example if they can sign either Carlos Gomez or Carlos Gonzales to an one year contract late in the off-season, all bets are off.


There are more than 100 FAs out there for the taking...

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