What a difference a year makes for the Minnesota Twins
Last offseason the Minnesota Twins were reeling from a 100 loss season. This offseason feels a little bit better.
Let’s hop in the Minnesota Twins time machine and ride it back in time to this point last year. It’s a pretty crappy time to be a Minnesota Twins fan, huh? One hundred losses. Starting the season 0-9 after being expected to compete for the division. That’s not even the worst streak, they lost 13 straight in August. Okay, that’s enough of sadness for the day. Let’s jump back to the present time.
The present day Minnesota Twins don’t have a lot to be sad about. Sure, they blew a lead in the AL Wild Card game. But nobody really expected them to make it there in the first place. Finishing 85-77 and making the postseason has to be considered a huge success throughout Twins territory. And it’s that success that should make this offseason so fun.
Hot stove season is more fun when the Minnesota Twins are good.
There were several articles last offseason about whether or not the Twins should try to trade Brian Dozier. We can be pretty confident that this isn’t going to happen this offseason.
Most of the articles so far this offseason have been about who the Twins should attempt to acquire. I don’t know about you, but to me it’s way more fun to read about how your team should try to improve.
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This offseason, fans can instead dream about trading for players to add to the Twins’ pursuit of a playoff spot in 2018. We at Puckett’s Pond have been exploring team matches for the trade market in our team-by-team series, most recently highlighting the fit with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Then you have free agent pursuits. Whether it be Yu Darvish, Shohei Ohtani, or any other player, it looks like the Twins are hoping to add to their team in a big way this offseason.
If that doesn’t get you excited for next season, I don’t know what will. If a couple chips fall the way of the Twins, there could be another postseason berth in their future, and maybe more.
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How do you think this offseason will go? Let me know in the comments!