- Dec 12, 2008
- Reaction score
I don't think the Twins expected Cleveland to be very good. I don't even think the Guardian front office thought they would be good this year. The White Sox were supposed to be the clear front runner with Detroit as a challenger.Nearly every move they've made over the past year is for next season as well. That's why they won't blow anything up, nor should they. I believe it was a surprise to them they even competed this much this season, due to expecting both Cleveland and the White Sox to be much better than what they were.
Health is always a giant concern, but as long as they can get their younger guys healthy again, this team will be better next season. They will also have a ton of money to spend as their payroll will only be ~60 million if Correa opts out. That gives them a lot of room to go get a couple of good FAs to fill out their lineup and bullpen.
When the Correa move happened, I thought it was done for the Twins to have a puncher's chance at the 3rd Wild Card.