Expectations aren't high for the Minnesota Twins at the MLB level in 2014, with the team coming off three straight seasons with at least 96 losses. Despite the lack of recent success, though, there are reasons to pay attention to what the Twinkies are building.
While the Twins wait for the arrival of highly touted prospects like Byron Buxton, Alex Meyer, Miguel Sano and others, they began the process of supplementing their roster with free agents.
Right-handed pitchers Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes, both signed as free agents, are expected to lead a rotation that ranked 30th in ERA and innings pitched last season. Nolasco has established himself as a solid innings eater, while Hughes will look to rebuild his value after flaming out in New York.
Even with all the question marks in the rotation and lineup, the Twins still have a rock in the middle of the order, Joe Mauer. The All-Star hasn't gotten the attention he once did when the Twins were competing for playoff spots, but still hit .324/.404/.476 last year.
Patience is a virtue that the Twins and their fans can embrace, especially when the long-term future looks as bright as it does.
Here is a comprehensive breakdown for the Twins' 2014 season.