The Minnesota Twins have found themselves in the bottom of baseball's weakest division for the last two seasons. Although a 2013 turnaround seems unlikely, the Twins have already had the busiest offseason in recent memory.
But was the roster shake up enough? The Twins have addressed their immediate needs in the starting rotation by adding Vance Worley, Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey. But it came with a price. Worley, along with prospect Trevor May were acquired from the Phillies for Ben Revere. Another pitching prospect was acquired for Denard Span in Alex Meyer. Although the rotation looks a little bulkier, the absence in center field is a bit startling.
Pitching and defense wins championships, and the Twins came into the offseason sorely lacking in both departments.
The offseason is more than half over, and most of the big names have inked their deals. The Twins now need to focus on building in their areas of need. The last two seasons provided a perfect blueprint for improvement: pitching, pitching and more pitching.
If the Twins can improve their problem areas, they could be a young and talented force in the American League Central over the next several years. The question is, can they compete in 2013?