Minnesota Twins: 3 New Year’s Resolutions for the Twins in 2021
By Otto Johnson
Minnesota Twins Resolution No. 2: Add Playoff-Ready Depth
In case you haven’t noticed, the bullpen and rotation aren’t the only places that need some attention. The team is currently without a left fielder, and almost all of the team’s bench from 2020 is now out in free agency.
This doesn’t free up a ton of cap space, but what it does do is give the Twins some much needed flexibility. The Twins have the ability to add some players to the bench (or in left field) with playoff experience, something the team desperately needs.
We’ve talked about playoff-level replacements for Eddie Rosario, but if the team chooses to spend on pitching, it’s up to the bench players to offer some help. Players like Kiké Hernández, Didi Gregorious, and Joc Pederson are all good bench options with playoff experience.
The Twins have a lot of young talent coming who will need playing time in 2021 like Alex Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach, Brent Rooker, and Ryan Jeffers. Adding players with playoff experience would be really helpful for the team come October.
In addition, bringing Nelson Cruz back or committing to a replacement is a must. Cruz is going to be expensive, but his cost needs to be reasonable or the team should look elsewhere. The offense will rebound in 2021. The team could use some playoff experience to help out.