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Twins Winter Meeting Primer 2013: Lots of Work Still Required

Even after signing Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes, the Twins have a great deal of work to do. The Winter Meetings is a good place to get things started for the rest of the off-season.

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In recent years the Twins haven't accomplished a great deal at the winter meetings. Conversations have been had and things have been learned, but in terms of quantifiable moves by the organization the biggest move to discuss is Ben Revere's trade to Philadelphia. With owner Jim Pohlad pressing the issue we've already seen the Twins be aggressive with Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes; will that attitude continue?

Here's everything you need to know about this week, all in one place.

The Basics

  • Roster: As of this morning, the Twins' 40-man roster is full. Late last week, teams had a deadline requiring them to request outright waivers for anyone they wanted to remove prior to the Rule 5 draft, and so if the Twins did request waivers on anyone (they should have if they plan on doing anything this week) we'll find out who they are at some point today.
  • Rule 5 Draft: Our Twins will select fifth in Thursday's Rule 5 draft, as the order is identical to the upcoming amateur draft in June. While there may be two or three interesting players available, whether they slip to the Twins at number five is one question, and whether or not the Twins want to draft anyone or whether anyone is available at a position of need is another question. The bench needs a lot of help, so that's the first place I'd be looking.
  • A "Twins official" who spoke with ESPN 1500's Darren Wolfson recently told him that they thought Minnesota could upgrade offensively at designated hitter, catcher, shortstop, third base, left field, and center field. Obviously that's easier to achieve at certain positions more than others, and with positions like third and center any answers would need to be short term with the pending arrivals of Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton.
  • In spite of that knowledge, the Twins' primary focus remains committed to finding and bringing in talent for the starting rotation. They had recently been linked to both Jarrod Saltalamacchia and A.J. Pierzynski, and more recently John Buck for some reason, but largely the rumor mill has come up with pitchers: Matt Garza, Mike Pelfrey, Ervin Santana, Bronson Arroyo, Bartolo Colon.
  • Even with the ongoing need to add another pitcher for the rotation, adding another multi-year contract seems unlikely unless the team manages to land Garza. With the need to become a more competitive club comes the necessity to upgrade the rotation on a year-by-year basis, and locking up three of those places (and then having a fourth committed to Kyle Gibson) for multiple years handicaps the team when looking at players like Alex Meyer or Trevor May who will need a spot in the near future. The goal is to balance getting better now with the flexibility to continue to get better in the future, so adding, for example, Bronson Arroyo for two or three years will limit how much Minnesota could maneuver. (Landing Garza is, for the record, highly unlikely.)

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