While it is still quite early and anything can happen for good or for bad, it looks like the Twins will be contending all year long.
We have a potntial great problem to have. Is Lewis Legit? and if so what do we do there?
The Twins will need pitching help along the way, as mentioned before our rotation consists of either unproven pitchers or reclamation projects with nearly all of them coming off of year(s) with very low innings. With Paddack already out for the season, Bundy struggling, we already have two holes to fill. Archer is still on a pitch count, and Baily missing time with a hammy..
Ryan has been solid, and Winder has done quite well filling in, We do have more young guys who could help fill in, but do we try and contend with young inexperienced pitchers?
On the offensive side,,,
Sano has been an even bigger dissapointment and then got injured, Kiriloff so far has not translated, Larnach started hitting well before going on the shelf temporarily, Buxton has been a stud, but again misses time. Correa started slowly, but has been coming on before getting hit in the hand by TWO pitches and going on DL.
So what do the Twins do if we are actually contending, yet have a lot of holes to fill?
Would it be borderline blasphemous to suggest trading Correa?
Lets say Correa comes back and plays at MVP Correa level, do you trade him or run out the season with him?
Yes he has said he would like to stay, but what else is he going to say right after signing a deal with opt outs after each year?
It is a small sample size, but is Royce Lewis the real deal? could he be a viable future SS?
Let's take a look at a best case scenario. The Twins are contending and Correa is playing very well. To me the best move i to actually trade Correa at the deadline. What can we leverage from our 1/2 season of Correa?
Take a look at some contenders who could use an upgrade at SS.
Cardinals: Would the Cardinals give up their top prospect in Jordan Walker for Correa? IF they would, then we should jump at that even if we need to actually ADD to the deal. Jordan Walker at 3B and Miranda at 1B for the future???
Yankees: Yes they have Kiner (from us), and he is playing OK, and yes they have "cant miss" prospects like Volpe and Peraza at AA & AAA, but they are both actually "missing" this year. They are on pace for 122 wins, so do they NEED an upgrade? What if the Twins would get a package of Jasson Dominguez and Luis Gil? Dominguez more of a project than Walker but has MASSIVE potential.
Lets say you think Lewis is the real deal. I would love to hear opinions on what you do with Correa this year. DO you trade him? if so to who and for what? Do you keep him and demote Lewis back to AAA for the season? or move Lewis to a new position?
Let me here your thoughts on the one truly intriguing position decision for the Twins.