Minnesota Twins: Re-Grading the 2021 Offseason Moves

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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher J.A. Happ reacts after Detroit Tigers second baseman Jonathan Schoop hits a two run home run in the fifth inning at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher J.A. Happ reacts after Detroit Tigers second baseman Jonathan Schoop hits a two run home run in the fifth inning at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports) /
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The Minnesota Twins season has thirteen games to go, meaning that with most of the season now in the rearview mirror, we can better judge how each of the Twins’ offseason moves actually went.

I was extremely optimistic going into the season, as were most other Twins fans. Despite adding only two big-name free agents, the team looked poised to contend for a third consecutive division title and possibly go even further.

As we all know now, that didn’t happen. The Twins’ front office was arrogant, believing that they could work the same magic they did with Matt Wisler and didn’t need to bring back Tyler Clippard, Sergio Romo, or Zack Littell (they wanted Trevor May back, he chose to go elsewhere). That was the first mistake.

The second was that the team thought signing Andrelton Simmons would solve all of their problems in the infield. It didn’t. Adding J.A. Happ and Matt Shoemaker would fill the void left by Rich Hill and Jake Odorizzi. Neither is still on the roster. They didn’t address the outfield. Yikes.

It’s time to re-grade all of the Minnesota Twins offseason moves.

It wasn’t all bad though. there were some good moves that the team made, and some turned out slightly different than we would have expected. Either way. It’s time once again take a look at those trades and hand out new grades after the season, starting with the Minor League Deals.

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