Minnesota Twins 2024 Opening Day roster officially revealed after injuries shake things up

The Twins officially set their Opening Day roster, which needed to be shuffled after a barrage of injuries.

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We made it, folks.

Spring Training is officially behind us and the green pastures of a hopeful season lay ahead. Opening Day is finally here and it's time to see if the Minnesota Twins can run things back and build on the success the team had last year.

For the first time in 19 years we saw the Twins win a playoff game, which was chased by the team winning its first playoff series since 2002. That was where things peaked -- or, perhaps, stalled -- as Minnesota pumped the brakes on going all out on adding talent and opted to slash the payroll.

Fears over lost future revenue spooked the Twins so bad that they cut out over $30 million from the payroll and refused to engage with top free agents who might have put the team over the top as World Series contenders. Minnesota made some moves, but most of them were on the fringes like signing veteran slugger Carlos Santana and trading for Manuel Margot.

Depth was what the team pointed to as justification for not adding pieces, but that's already being tested. Four pitchers will start the season on the IL including Johan Duran and Caleb Thielbar. As a result, the Twins were left scrambling to find the right guys to call up and add to the Opening Day roster before finalizing things on Thursday.

Minnesota Twins 2024 Opening Day roster

It was a less than ideal way for the spring to end, but the Twins found a way to plug the holes created by the barrage of injuries last week.

Jorge Alcalá was already making a great case for himself in Fort Myers, and it seems he'll get another shot at proving himself this year. He's joined by Kody Funderburk and Cole Sands as players who were on the roster bubble but made it due to the late injuries to other relievers.

One name to celebrate in the bullpen is Jay Jackson. He was drafted back in 2008 but this is the first time he'll have made an Opening Day roster.

Outside of the three relievers added to the bullpen, there aren't a ton of surprises. The only other notable addition to the 26-man roster is reliever Daniel Duarte, who is getting called up as extra depth after the Twins placed Josh Staumont on the IL in addtion to Duran, Thielbar, and Justin Topa.

As far as position players go, there was some hope that Austin Martin would find his way onto the Opening Day roster, but that hope ended when the Twins traded for Manuel Margot. He seems to be the next-man-up, though, so it might not be long before we see him finally make his debut.

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