The Minnesota Twins, though embarrassed in the ALDS at the hands of their kryptonite -- the New York Yankees -- still have a plethora of viable pieces that suggest they could make another run at an AL Central title again in 2020.
Before the club does that, however, they'll need to do some work with their roster and determine who will be returning and who will be walking this offseason.
Here are three players that won't be with the Twins next year.
3. Sam Dyson
Sam Dyson was significantly effective BEFORE coming over to Minnesota at the trade deadline. With the Twins, he logged a putrid 7.15 ERA in 12 appearances after compiling a 2.47 mark in 49 games for the Giants. Shoulder surgery ultimately ended his season and is likely going to cost him the majority of the 2020 campaign. The 31-year-old right-hander is eligible for arbitration, so he's technically under control for next season, but it's highly likely the team non-tenders him.
2. Jason Castro
We hate to see professional athletes lose their starting roles as a result of injury, but thats exactly the case with Castro. The Twins catcher was recovering from knee surgery to start 2019, and Mitch Garver stepped in and RAN away with the job, quickly establishing himself as one of MLB's best hitting catchers. Castro's three-year, $24.5 million contract that he signed in November of 2016 is expiring, and we fully expect the Twins to roll with Garver as their starter in 2020. It just doesn't make sense for Minnesota to carry two starting-caliber catchers anymore, especially when that money can be spent elsewhere.
1. Kyle Gibson
Gibson's 13 wins in 2019 were the product of the Twins historically productive offense, not at all his effectiveness on the mound. He logged an abysmal 4.84 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 160 innings in a contract year after the two sides settled his final season of arbitration eligibility before the start of 2019. Expect the Twins to spend more wisely on the free-agent market in an attempt to bolster a very weak starting rotation.