As the Twins obviously are not having a good season this year, the team needs to make some major changes by the beginning of next season. Here are a few moves the Twins need to make by the beginning of 2014:
- Fire manager Ron Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson. A while ago, I wrote a post on this blog talking about how the Twins should keep Gardenhire. While I still think the Twins’ poor play may not be his fault, I think it would be best if the Twins hire someone new, such as Paul Molitor, and see if a new manager will improve the team’s play. For the same reason, the Twins should get rid of Anderson. Throughout the early 2000s the Twins had good pitching, but they have not the last few years.
- Trade first baseman Justin Morneau BEFORE the end of this season. Morneau, who is a free agent at the end of this season, should be traded for an ace starting pitcher such as Cliff Lee and NOT for a bunch of prospects. Morneau’s health is an issue and he has struggled some since the All-Star break. The Twins could also get an established leadoff hitter now that they don’t have Denard Span. Clete Thomas, the Twins’ main leadoff hitter now, is okay but he doesn’t walk enough and still strikes out too much to be effective in that spot. I thought the Twins would trade Morneau by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline but they sill have time before the waiver trade deadline at the end of this month. They can’t let him become a free agent and not get anything for him.
The Twins should probably make some more changes by next season but these are the big ones. What changes do you think the Twins need to make??
Written by: Sam Graves