Recently, left-handed reliever Matt Thornton signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres. He was one of many left-handed relievers mentioned on this site this offseason.
Meanwhile, the Twins have more than a half-dozen relief pitchers in the upper levels of the minor leagues who could be ready to contribute at some point during the 2016 season.
Therein lies the struggle. Is it better to have aging veterans whose careers are clearly on the downward trajectory or youth with loads of talent but minimal (if any) big league experience?
The best answer? It’s best to have players who are still in their prime with a ton of talent. However, we all know that teams are comprised of solely all-star caliber players aged 24 to 31.
The real answer is that each team is going to be comprised of some veterans and some rookies. But the Twins had some tough decisions this offseason, and there will be more next offseason, and every subsequent offseason. This offseason, the bullpen was the focal point, and this very topic is at the crux of what happened, or what didn’t happen, if you prefer.