All roads come to an end, which is what the Minnesota Twins are dealing with on a number of different levels this offseason.
It was supposed to be a winter in which the team build on success it hasn't experienced since the mid-2000s, but instead it's been another frustrating trudge through winter. Subtraction has been the name of the game in Minnesota as the only moves that have been made are ones in which the Twins watch a free agent leave.
Sonny Gray, Kenta Maeda, Tyler Mahle, and Emilio Pagan all signed elsewhere, with Dylan Florio and Andrew Stevenson also finding work with new teams. Even the announcing booth saw a change with Dick Bremer being forced out after 40 years with the team as the Twins change things all over the place this offseason.
Those changes have extended to the front office as well, nor is Bremer the only longtime fixture being left out in the cold.
Twins move on from longtime front office executive
According to Locked On Twins host Brandon Warne, who also does work with Access Twins, the team is moving on from Rob Antony at the end of the year. It will end a 35 year run for Antony that began back in 1986 and saw him bounce around various parts of the front office during that time.
He's not being fired, rather his deal isn't being renewed -- a very inportant distinction to make.
Antony has been an active part of baseball operations since 1996, helping put together the beloved 2000s team as well as serving as a bridge between regimes two decades later. When the Twins fired Terry Ryan back in 2016 it was Antony who the team promoted to interim GM before hiring Derek Falvey and Thad Levine to run the show.
His departure might not hit fans as hard as some of the other offseason losses, but it goes to show just how sweeping the changes have been. No department is safe -- from the clubhouse to the front office to the TV booth -- as the Twins try to figure out a path forward with higher expectations than ever and a reduced payroll that is bogging everything down.