I think the re-load is coming if only because I question whether players with options to go will want to stay. Cruz has one or two years left at most. It will be interesting to see if any other team is willing to invest a roster spot in a guy who can only DH. I think there will be and if one of them seems like a real contender (Yankees? Cleveland?), he'll leave to chase the ring he likely thinks he can't get next year in Minnesota. May will go for more money, same with Odorizzi. Rosario is classic trade bait - one more year of control on a team with internal options to replace him. He's probably only worth prospects, hopefully at least one of which is a starting pitcher. Gonzalez should be gone - he's over 30, can't hit unless he knows what's coming and his "versatility" just isn't that important. Same for Adrianza if we have someone who can play SS off the bench to replace him. Is Lewis or Gordon that guy for next year? Avila is toast at the plate, Jeffers is better.
I think what we're going to see is Gonzalez, Adrianza, Avila, Rosario, Odorizzi, and May all gone, at the very least. I think our odds of retaining Cruz are no more than 50/50. These guys will mostly be replaced internally, with the possible exception of a utility player or an average-ish starter if Hill doesn't come back. I don't see the Twins signing a lot of Free agents because the good ones won't come to the Twins and this FO hasn't shown a tendency to overpay for the average ones. I think the 7 above players are gone, replaced by Rooker, Kirilloff, Gordon or Lewis, a FA utility guy, Dobnak (for Odo). Jeffers, and a MILB guy for the BP. Kepler, Buxton, Polanco and Sano all stay for one more go round, with Kepler's next season telling us whether he's a starter of a 4th OF who loses his job to Rooker or Kirilloff and Polanco's next season telling us if he can hold off Lewis and Gordon for the SS job or if he becomes the utility guy. We're stuck with Buxton and Sano. Nobody will give us enough for them to sell off their potential.
Is that a better team? Maybe not next year but maybe in a year or two.