Although the Twins recently fired manager Ron Gardenhire (which I disagree with) and likely most or all of his coaching staff, the team needs to do more to be successful in the near future. Here are a few ideas:
- Get rid of Joe Mauer’s contract: I like Mauer and he is a good hitter, but the Twins need to get rid of his monstrous eight-year, $184 million contract. As unpopular as it may be, getting rid of him and his contract, which expires after the 2018 season, would save the team a ton of money. This would give the Twins even more freedom to sign high-quality pitchers, which they desperately need with or without Mauer. I would be extremely surprised if the Twins got rid of him, but it’s something the team needs to do moving forward.
- Don’t rush young prospects: Despite the success of Danny Santana and Kennys Vargas (who both came up from Double-A), the Twins need to be patient with their young prospects, especially with Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano who are coming off serious injuries last season. I would love if these players came up sometime next season, but they need to show they can play well in each level of the minors first.
- Get a Spanish-speaking manager or coach: The Twins need a coach to interact with the Latino players on the team (Santana, Vargas and Oswaldo Arcia, for example). Having a Latino coach is more and more important as more of these players come to the majors. With the Twins likely having a remodeled coaching staff next season, I would say that this is very likely to happen.
Those are my ideas for the Twins. What are yours?
Written by: Sam Graves