The Minnesota Twins have again fallen in the postseason, and again, they've fallen to the New York Yankees in a clean sweep. Their lineup is insanely powerful; after all, they set the MLB record for single-season home runs, but they need some help to get over the hump, especially in terms of pitching. Here's who they should be hounding this offseason.
3. Brian McCann
Hear me out for just a second. Yes, the Twins have Mitch Garver, and he is their catcher of the future, but it would be big for them to have a guy in the clubhouse who has won a World Series. McCann did that with the Astros in 2017, and could do it again with Atlanta this year. His leadership would help level up the pitching staff, and he brings the experience this Bomba Squad is currently lacking.
2. Wade Miley
The Houston Astros are unlikely to be able to re-sign both Miley and Gerrit Cole (and may have to let both men walk), and Cole is the far better option for Houston, considering his age and skill set. However, Miley had a solid year in which he won 14 games and recorded a 3.98 ERA. He pitched well in the playoffs in 2018 with the Brewers, and will be a cheap form of stabilization for Minny, in line with the gritty, gutty pitchers who've succeeded there in years past.
1. Madison Bumgarner
Here's the kicker. Remember, the Twins approached Madison Bumgarner this past summer, before the Giants foolishly took him off the table. Minny has two starters entering free agency, and one of them is Jake Odorizzi, who led the team in wins and ERA. Regardless of whether or not the one Twin who delivered in the postseason returns, signing Bumgarner to bump everyone in the rotation back one turn should evoke memories of when Minnesota imported Jack Morris to be their postseason workhorse. It just has to happen.