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Last year the Twins won 94 games to win the American League Central by a comfortable six games. All of this was done without the services of Justin Morneau and Joe Nathan for a substantial part of the season or, in Nathan's case, the whole season.
While the Twins have not made as much noise this offseason as their division rivals the Tigers and White Sox, standing pat is not necessarily a bad thing.
Assuming Morneau and Nathan return to their former selves this season, the Twins would still have one of the best three-four combinations (Joe Mauer and Morneau) to go along with an All-Star-caliber closer. They also have an established ace for their pitching staff, with Francisco Liriano finally finding his form after his injury several years ago.
The Key: Unfortunately for the Twins, the bullpen in front of Nathan will be slim with the departures of Jesse Crain, Brian Fuentes and Matt Guerrier to free agency. None of the three have signed elsewhere yet, but it is assumed none will return to Minnesota. If Ron Gardenhire can patch together a solid bullpen, the Twins will be quite dangerous come October, assuming they do not have to play the Yankees, of course.
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