Minnesota Twins: Predicting the Twins starting rotation for 2020

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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 19: Kyle Gibson #44 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of the game at Target Field on September 19, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 19: Kyle Gibson #44 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of the game at Target Field on September 19, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – September 18: Jake Odorizzi #12 of the Minnesota Twins throws a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 18, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

The final projection

The Twins can build a rotation out of the many arms that are available this offseason. The team is set on pulling together a good roster to truly compete after winning over 100 games and falling short in the playoffs. The main key for this year’s offseason is bringing in starting pitching, and the team is looking to do just that.

The final rotation will likely include two to three guys from this year. Berrios will return as the ace, taking the ball on opening day as he usually does. Odorizzi has already said that he likes it here, and the Twins will work with the 29-year-old to get a deal done. With the team making a couple of splashy signings like Bumgarner and Wheeler, both only 30, the Twins will have set up a rotation that can make things interesting in the next few years.

This leaves one slot remaining, and the competition (likely one that will be resolved in Spring Training) for the fifth and final starter. Based on what was said earlier the three options would be Dobnak, Gibson, and Smeltzer. Gibson would give it his best, but the last spot would end up going to Dobnak, meaning Smeltzer and Gibson are either relievers or sent down.

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Final Rotation Prediction:  #1 Jose Berrios, #2 Madison Bumgarner, #3 Jake Odorizzi, #4 Zach Wheeler, #5 Randy Dobnak

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