Happy New Year Minnesota Twins fans! 2023 is here, and with it, a fresh year of opportunity after a badly disappointing 2022 (both during the season and not). This year, the Twins will look to rebound, and they need to do some work to get back there.
In order to succeed in 2023, the Twins could follow the tradition of setting a few New Year’s Resolutions, good goals for the team to work towards in the upcoming year, and if they meet them it will be a successful year.
Creating three resolutions for the 2023 Minnesota Twins to accomplish before the year ends.
We’re not talking unrealistic goals either (sorry, the Twins aren’t trading for Walker Buehler). These are simple, manageable objectives that the team can accomplish before the year ends, so let’s get underway.
Minnesota Twins Resolution No. 1: Re-sign one of the Top 3 Starters
This should be one of the easiest objectives, but it may prove to be a challenge for a franchise that refuses to spend any cash on pitching:
This will have to change. Sonny Gray, Kenta Maeda, and Tyler Mahle (Chris Paddack too) all are expected to hit free agency after 2023, and the projected rotation without any additions for 2024 (Joe Ryan, Bailey Ober, Simeon Woods Richardson, Louie Varland, and Josh Winder) isn’t going to cut it.
As good as next year’s free agent pitching class could be, the Minnesota Twins should adjust now and re-up one of these pitchers ahead of time (preferably Sonny Gray or Tyler Mahle) and help create some stability.
Minnesota Twins Resolution No. 2: Add some talent via trade
The Minnesota Twins’ biggest issue last season was a failure to build a deep roster, and when injuries ripped it to shreds, they had no answer. Now that it’s over, the team has a ton of really good depth pieces, but they’re desperately lacking some star talent on offense and in the bullpen (and potentially in the rotation).
They missed out on all of the best players in free agency, so now the team needs to deal from some of that depth to add a potential game-breaking talent (preferably a right-handed corner outfielder/first baseman).
Minnesota Twins Resolution No. 3: Earn a playoff win
When healthy, the Minnesota Twins roster is the best in the American League Central on paper. Their rotation has the potential to be sneaky good, and if Alex Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach, Ryan Jeffers, Royce Lewis, and Jose Miranda get healthy and take a step forward in their development, there’s a lot of talent on this roster.
Go add another big-time player in a trade and this roster (plus another reliever) could win a Central Division that’s up for grabs. The White Sox are trending down. The Guardians aren’t likely to repeat their surprising offensive success.
If they can stay mostly healthy (again, a big if) and add another big piece, the team has the depth necessary to be good in 2023. Now, all they have left to do is finally end what has become the saddest streak in baseball.