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My Twins Dream Team

I usually assemble a Twins dream team around the all-star break every year.  So, without further ado, my dream team after the jump.

Breaking News (November 2009):

After a run at the championship in 2009, the Twins, who had acquired Matt Capps from the Pirates in exchange for Jeff Manship and Alexi Casilla, failed to bring home the AL Championship.  Though the 2009 offseason has been quiet thus far for the team from Minnesota, the Twins recently pulled off a blockbuster trade with the Baltimore Orioles.  The Twins, who managed to get to the playoffs after its second consecutive 163 game season, traded away starting pitcher Glen Perkins, relief pitchers Bobby Keppel and Kevin Mulvey, outfielders Delmon Young and Ben Revere to the Orioles for second baseman Brian Roberts and outfielder Adam Jones.

Breaking News (December 2009):

With the recent acquistions of Brian Roberts and Adam Jones from the Orioles, the expectation was high for the Twins to once again return to the playoffs in 2010.  Though, with their most recent trade with the Brewers, there expectations have once again shot through the roof.  The Twins, in a surprising move, traded away outfielder Michael Cuddyer and relief/spot starter, R.A. Dickey for the Brewers shortstop, J.J. Hardy.

Breaking News (January 2010):

The Twins, who announced their plans to have an early start to spring training in order for the new players to demonstrate the clubhouse presence (a big thing in Minnesota), the Twins once again pulled off another trade, only this time it was a three team trade.  The teams involved were the Pittsburg Pirates, Washington Nationals, and Minnesota Twins.  The Pirates sent 3B prospect Pedro Alvarez to the Twins and starting pitcher Paul Mahlom to the Nationals.  The Nationals, meanwhile, sent starting pitcher Jack McGeary to the Twins and Catcher Adrian Nieto to the Pirates.  The Twins sent pitchers Nick Blackburn and Deolis Guerra to the Pirates while sending outfielder Rene Tosoni to the Nationals.

Remember I said this was a dream team!!

These trades being concluded, the Twins start their 2010 spring training camp early with the hope of fitting in all these young new players into their already young team.  Itching to start the regular season and the opening of the new stadium, the Twins announce their 25 man roster on March 23, 2010.  

The Twins lineup:

 

  1. Denard Span - LF
  2. Brian Roberts - 2B
  3. Joe Mauer - C
  4. Justin Morneau - 1B
  5. Adam Jones - RF
  6. Jason Kubel - DH
  7. Pedro Alvarez - 3B
  8. J.J. Hardy - SS
  9. Carlos Gomez - CF

 

The Twins starting rotation:

 

  1. Kevin Slowey - RHP
  2. Jack McGeary - LHP
  3. Scott Baker - RHP
  4. Anthony Swarzak - RHP
  5. Francisco Liriano - LHP

 

The Twins bullpen:

 

  1. Joe Nathan - closer
  2. Jose Mijares - setup 
  3. Matt Capps - setup 
  4. Anthony Slama - setup
  5. Matt Guerrier - setup
  6. Pat Neshek - setup
  7. Carlos Guetierrez - long relief

 

The Twins bench:

 

  1. Jose Morales - 2nd catcher
  2. Danny Valencia - 1B/3B backup
  3. Steve Tolleson - utility 
  4. TBD

 

In the wings:

 

  1. Shooter Hunt - RHP
  2. Kyle Gibson - RHP
  3. Aaron Hicks - OF
  4. Wilson Ramos - C

 

The Twins new coaching staff:

 

  1. Ron Gardenhire - Manager
  2. Rick Anderson - Pitching Coach
  3. Joe Vavra - Hitting Coach
  4. Brad Radke - Bullpen Coach
  5. Mike Redmond - Bench Coach
  6. Jerry White - 1B Coach
  7. Rod Carew - 3B Coach

 

Remember I told you this was a dream team!

So there it is!  My Twins dream team...feel free to comment but no negative comments please.  This is just a dream team and certainly this will never happen.  Just imagine for a moment, the 2010 season with these players though!  It would be a heaven of a season!

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