Minnesota Twins shake up front office, could other moves be coming soon?

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 4: Paul Molitor (R) is introduced as the thirteenth Manager of the Minnesota Twins by Team Owner Jim Pohlad on November 4, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 4: Paul Molitor (R) is introduced as the thirteenth Manager of the Minnesota Twins by Team Owner Jim Pohlad on November 4, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) /
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The Minnesota Twins made some very notable moves this weekend that flew under the radar. Could it mean some big things coming?

Most fans didn’t even notice when the Minnesota Twins announced this weekend the departure of their director of baseball research Jack Goin:

That was followed up with another announcement over the weekend of the departure of a host of scouts:

"The ones let go were:Marty Esposito, a longtime scout who covered Texas.Alan Sandberg, who covered Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and upstate New York.Ted Williams, who covered Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and parts of Nevada.And Mark Wilson, who covered North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Wilson signed local products like Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins."

So who could be next?

Derek Falvey’s background is in scouting, where he worked from an intern to the director of scouting with the Indians before being promoted to assistant general manager. He has an eye as a scout and for scouting talent. To assume that anyone in the scouting department would have a job for sure after the 2017 season would be likely a poor assumption.

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However, where the big change could be coming is actually on the field. Manager Paul Molitor is working on the last season of his contract, and there have been no efforts whatsoever from the new front office to even discuss an extension for Molitor.

In general, most general managers want to have their own manager to work with that is in line with their idea of how the team will be built and developed. If Derek Falvey and Thad Levine do not believe that Molitor is that guy, they would not have any reason to offer him a contract for 2018 and could choose instead to pursue a different person to lead the team.

If Molitor were fired, it would be very feasible that the front office would also shake up the coaching staff as well, which could lead to some very interesting decisions on who stays and who goes among the coaching staff.

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Another thing to consider – Derek Falvey was restricted for a period of one year from signing anyone from the Cleveland Indians organization where he worked for a decade and had a lot of development within the scouting department. That one-year period ends in October, so there could be some significant shake up coming, especially in the scouting department in October, but one very intriguing consideration is that one of the hottest managerial candidates recently has been Indians first base coach and former major league catcher Sandy Alomar, Jr. He could be a very interesting hire if the team is moving away from Molitor this offseason.

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