Minnesota Twins Make It Clear – They Are All In To Win Now
It may not be official yet, but after announcing the signing of Josh Donaldson and the latest reported trade that landed the Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, the Twins Front Office had made one thing clear. They are all in for 2020.
The Twins set a major league record for home runs hit in a season in 2019 to go along with 101 wins in a surprisingly quick turnaround for a team that seemed to be stuck in the mud for much of the 2010s. Now, with Rocco Baldelli managing the team along with Derek Falvey and Thad Levine leading the Front Office, the Minnesota Twins have become a force in the AL Central.
After another disappointing loss to the New York Yankees in the ALDS, the Twins knew they needed to add pieces to the roster to make them competitive in October.
They signed Homer Bailey and Rich Hill to team-friendly deals after missing out on big fish pitching like Zach Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner, and Hyun Jin Ryu. They resigned Jake Odorizzi and Micheal Pineda to help fill out the rotation.
Then the big fish finally came to Minnesota when Josh Donaldson signed.
The Twins were about all-in as they could be. They loaded up the lineup with a power right-handed bat and looked to be done in Free Agency. Everyone knew the team still needed starting pitching, but the next avenue to go was through a trade.
The Twins did just that.
Nobody likes giving up on a 21-year-old power arm that can hit 100mph, but when you are looking to dive in head-first and say we are here and ready to win right now, that is what you have to do.
The Twins were the third team involved in a trade that sent former MVP Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers while the Boston Red Sox got back Brusdar Graterol from the Twins and Alex Verudgo from the Dodgers. The news was broken by Jeff Passan, Ken Rosenthal, and Kiley McDaniel.
The Twins ended up with 31-year-old Kenta Maeda, a starting pitcher who was great for the Dodgers in the postseason out of the bullpen and to land him the Twins traded their top pitching prospect to get him.
It is a signal that the Twins are not playing around in 2020. They feel their window is open right now, and they are willing to pay a steep price for a quality starting pitcher. Now, it is up to the team to live up to the hype.
The Twins are now all in.