The Minnesota Twins probably have a lot on their minds heading into the off season. They have the left side of the infield, the bullpen, as well as Delmon Young to ponder as the long Minnesota winter passes.
First, the infield situation, brings about interesting options. Star Tribune's Joe Christensen has said that the Twins are interested in free agent to be shortstop, Orlando Cabrera. He guesses that Cabrera could receive a contract around three years, and $30 million. Also, pure speculation on my part here, but the Twins could also explore other options at third base. They could trade for Seattle Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre, possibly Baltimore's Aubrey Huff, or explore the free agent market, where players like Casey Blake, Joe Crede, and Hank Blalock are all most likely to be found. It will be very interesting to see if the Twins commit to raising payroll some more, in attempt to field a better team come new stadium.
Also, the bullpen, which has been in a wreck, I think will solve itself. Pat Neshek missed most of the year, but will be back for 2009. Also, there are top prospects leftover from the Johan Santana sweepstakes, such as Delois Guerra, who, according to Baseball America, had the best changeup in the New York Mets' minor league system. Also Phil Humber and Kevin Mulvey should be called up, along with resigning Dennys Reyes.
Now, Delmon Young will surely be in the back of the mind of the front office the whole off season. He brings up many questions. Was he worth Matt Garza? Will he pan out into the power hitter he is "supposed to be?" Should he be traded this winter? I think the most practical solution is a simple one: there isn't a problem, so there need not be a solution. If the Twins keep Delmon Young, they will start to see improvement from him, and the homers will come.
No matter what they do this winter, this is sure to be an exciting winter for the Twins, where, maybe, this go around they add fan favorites.