This offseason, the Minnesota Twins are going to have a rebuilding project on their hands.
If they handle it correctly, the team can be back in contention within a few years.
But if they mismanage it, Twins fans could be in for misery and fifth-place finishes in the American League Central.
For starters, there are a few players with expiring contracts whom the Twins shouldn’t re-sign.
Let’s take a look at three of them now.
Carl Pavano, SP
The Twins managed to get a good year out of Pavano in 2010, when he had a 17-11 record and a 3.75 ERA.
Since that season, he’s been disappointing since signing a two-year $16.5 million contract.
He’s reverted back to his injury-prone ways, and the Twins need to cut ties with him and sign a more consistent pitcher.
Pavano is simply too expensive and too inconsistent for a franchise that needs to be smarter with its money.
Matt Capps, RP
Capps has been serviceable as the Twins’ closer the past few years, but his ERA is too high for that position.
He also spends too much time on the disabled list to be a viable long-term option.
If he hadn't been on the DL at the trade deadline, the Twins might have been able to trade him for some prospects.
However, that didn't work out, so now Minnesota will have to settle for letting him walk in free agency.
Brian Duensing, P
In 2010, Duensing went 10-3 with a 2.62 ERA as a starter and had nine holds out of the bullpen.
Unfortunately, it looks like that season was a fluke. Duensing’s ERA has risen to 5.23 in 2011 and 4.46 in 2012.
The Twins can’t keep waiting around for Duensing to find his form.
He’s been playing on one-year contracts the past three years, but it’s probably time for the Twins to let him walk away.
Maybe a change of scenery will give Duensing the fresh start he needs to regain his 2010 form.