I hope the "incomplete" grade is accurate. Assuming it is, what should the Twins do to turn that grade into an A? Are there any options left to make that an attainable grade? If they signed Pineda (probably the most likely scenario) they still need one more starting pitcher, and preferably a front line pitcher. They will probably need to trade for that, which makes sense since we are loaded with prospects and are running out of room on the 40 man roster for them. Lets say they swing a trade for a pitcher that has that potential. Now they have #1-Traded pitcher, #2-Pineda, #3/4/5 Bundy/Ryan/Ober/Dobnak/Thorpe. While not an overwhelming lineup, it has some potential to be adequate. We will still need to find some bullpen help, which seems to be a crap shoot, but the Twins have gotten that right more times then they have gotten it wrong over the last 5 years. We still need a shortstop. Does our lineup have the potential to be good enough to sign a +defender shortstop to help out our average pitching staff? I think it does, as long as Buxton is healthy. Is there a shortstop available that the Twins could sign to a 1 or 2 year contract (so he doesn't block one of our prospects) that fits that bill? While I know it is not a popular choice on here, I think there is in Andrelton Simmons, who might be interested in an affordable, make good contract. I think it is likely that he won't be as horrible with the bat next year as he was this past year. There are other free agent options out there that may work as well. Would making these moves upgrade the offseason grade to a B?
I think these moves would give us a chance to compete this year. Obviously we would need players to stay healthy and continue to improve, but I like our lineup, I think our defense could be outstanding, and so we would be relying on our pitching staff to "not suck".
Please, front office, give us some hope for the upcoming season!