The Twins certainly have options this winter now that the core has been here long enough to make some tough calls. Which is the best route to take?
This is certainly a route to take, and given how weird this whole season was, maybe this is the best route. It's hard to blow it all up after a 60 game season with 2 abbreviated spring trainings and no minor league ball. This option keeps the status quo with 1 or 2 changes. In all of these plans, my assumption is that Gonzalez, Adrianza, and Rosario have played their last games with the Twins. So for this particular plan, they bring back Cruz to be DH, Kirilloff fills in for Rosario, and they find either an internal or external utility player. For pitching, much of it stays the same, give or take bringing back Odorizzi.
Not the most exciting option, but given the team's success over the last 2 years, maybe it's not time to do drastic things to the roster.
I can see this route being more accepted this offseason. As I said, the core has been around here enough to make some tough calls. Is the current core good enough to get over the hump? With this option, I assume the same players previously mentioned are not re-signed. On top of that, 1 or 2 of the current core team members are traded for different players. Perhaps one or more of Kepler, Arraez, Polanco, Berrios, Sano, or Buxton.
This may result in a step back for 2021, but it would open up payroll to make future bold moves. And frankly, rids the organization of players that they no longer believe should be a part of the core.
This will be the most difficult route to get buy in. After losing for so many years, it's hard to blow it all up and go back to being a 90 loss team. But to finish out the scenario, the previously mentioned players are no longer here (Odo, Adrianza, Gonzalez, Rosario) plus trading away multiple core players in their arbitration years for young prospects. Cashing in on their best players and trying again in 2022+.
Which route do you want the Twins to take?