Discussion: Twins’ Offseason

We'll get into the Twins' Offseason Outlook in a few weeks, but fans are eager to discuss the team's 2010 plans now that they've been eliminated from the playoffs.

Once again the Twins have question marks on the left side of the infield.  Joe Crede and Orlando Cabrera are free agents, leaving Brendan Harris and Nick Punto as the main internal options.  Adrian Beltre is the most intriguing affordable free agent option at the hot corner.  Marco Scutaro is the top available shortstop, though he's coming off a career year.  The Twins could also look to the trade market – how about Dan Uggla and J.J. Hardy?

The Twins also must decide whether Delmon Young's final month of the season is a sign of things to come.  Another .284/.308/.425 performance won't be acceptable from their left fielder.

MVP frontrunner Joe Mauer is signed through 2010, and one of the Twins' top offseason priorities is to extend their catcher.

As for the rotation, August acquisition Carl Pavano is up for free agency.  The Twins should consider re-signing him or someone similar – they have question marks after Scott Baker.

Does it make sense to trade closer Joe Nathan to free up payroll and fill some of these holes?  Patrick Reusse of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune thinks so, and his colleague Michael Rand debates the finer points.


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