Minnesota Twins: Three Ways to make the Winter Meetings a Success

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Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson fields the ball and throws out Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Nick Castellanos. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson fields the ball and throws out Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Nick Castellanos. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Minnesota Twins Winter Meetings Path to Success No. 1: Secure the catching position and adding a reliever.

The first path is a very sensible one that clears up one of the team’s biggest needs: catching. The team cannot go into the season with Ryan Jeffers as the only man behind the dish. The team needs to add at least one more catcher, and there’s no better time than during the Winter Meetings.

Adding a player like Sean Murphy via trade, locking down a reliable starter in Christian Vazquez or Omar Narvaez, or making a big splash with Willson Contreras erases the team’s one gap that they truly 100% can’t in-house.

When you have that one position locked down, you can turn to making other additions that will boost the roster, like a superstar shortstop, more bullpen help, or a right-handed outfield bat. But that shouldn’t be their only move.

If the team adds a major catcher, adding one of the relievers available would be a huge boost for the team. With so many names on the market, just getting one as a start would instantly upgrade a position that was a weakness last year. If the team could do that, the Winter Meetings are a success.

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