2021–2022 Offseason Wishlist

The World Series is over. Teams have extended qualifying offers to their upcoming free agents, who must determine whether to accept a one-year, $18.4 million contract and remain with their most recent club, or to decline and seek other opportunities on the open market. The deadline for those decisions is Wednesday, 17 November.

The Twins have a lot of work to do to turn around a disastrous year in which they plummeted down the elevator shaft from roof to basement, traded away key players, and Let (Some of) the Kids Play (Until Some of the Kids Got Hurt). Rather than celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1991 World Series Champions with a deep run into the postseason, the Twins are in the position to ponder the success of the Twins’ front office over the 1990–1991 offseason. Will the current front office attempt a similar worst-to-first turnaround, or do they see a return to sustainable contention taking a season (or more) to develop? The futures of several key Twins regulars are up in the air until their approach becomes clear.

We’ll know their answer in due time. For now, we can posit our own.

A few handy, non-paywalled reference materials:

6 thoughts on “2021–2022 Offseason Wishlist”

  1. Uffda. Just uffda.

    “It’s not like something that has snuck up on us at this point,” Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said. “We’ve long been thinking about a lot of players, and as they approach closer to free agency these things come into focus a little more on both sides, from a player’s perspective and a team perspective.

    “Now, we’re working through understanding all sides of this ultimately. We’ll proceed accordingly. At this stage of the offseason, we’re still just navigating our strategy and planning and trying to understand what’s available to us and what the market looks like on all periods. As is always the case, this isn’t unique to Byron or otherwise, there are people on our team that are interesting to other clubs and we just always need to work through what does that look like, what does our team look like as we navigate it.”

    Byron Buxton’s future with the Twins remains in limbo as team gauges trade interest, potential extension offers | The Athletic

        1. A friend of mine used to work in the Twins' front office. He said he talked to TR about Ortiz having all that success with Boston. My friend asked whether it was changing his hitting approach. TR replied, "Either that or he started using steroids."

          My friend said that TR has a really dry sense of humor so he couldn't really tell if it was a joke or a jab.

        2. 466 PAs in 125 games in 2002 and 509 PAs in 128 games in 2003. If you add in his MiLB stats, he topped 500 PAs in 1997 and 1999. In 1997 he topped 150 games and 600 PAs. He appeared in 140 games across all levels and fell just shy of 600 PAs at 588.

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