A very surprisingly active offseason for the Minnesota Twins slowed only slightly in the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings as the moves they didn’t make certainly had ground work laid. The team as a whole has made huge strides in making sure the baseball world knows they are serious about improving their team within their terms without messing up their minor league system.
Already before the meetings they took two very good free agent pitchers off of the market in Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes. During the Winter Meetings week they were also tied to serious negotiations with Bronson Arroyo. They also talked with Bartolo Colon before he signed and are thinking of re-signing Mike Pelfrey. That isn’t all.
In addition to those players they have also been tied to negations with Matt Garza and possibly Paul Maholm as well. The pitching staff clearly is a priority but they also are making changes on offense with the signing of former Twins player Jason Kubel. Kubel has had a rough run of it in recent years and a return to Minnesota could be a very good thing for him.
In the moves they have made and more-so in the moves they laid the groundwork for; this was a huge week for the Twins. I am not ready to hand the A.L. Central to them but you can bet the management is making sure their team will be much more in the running in 2014 than they were in 2013 and that is why this was a great week for them.