The Twins should be spending this offseason on building and sustaining an elite bullpen.
I don't think it is a coincidence that the top 5 teams in terms of bullpen ERA made the playoffs last year.7 of the top 10 made the playoffs while 9 had winning records.Easily a deeper talent pool in Free Agency compared to SP and position players.
I know no two pitchers are the same when coming back from injury (especially TJ), but Trevor May’s performance last year almost makes me wanna take a chance on David Phelps, who before tearing his UCL, was just starting to become one of the better relief pitchers in the game.
Obviously, I’d much rather sign Britton, Kimbrel, Ottavino, Robertson, and Miller but since we’re not pursuing those type of markets this offseason, signing Phelps to a 2yr/$10M deal doesn’t seem like an unreasonable gamble; one season to get back on his feet, another to go out and prove he’s the same guy he was in 2016-17.
The result may not be an elite bullpen, but if we can end the offseason, at the very least, having signed Phelps, Blake Parker, and Cody Allen, I’ll have nothing to complain about.