I've gotten the question plenty this winter: How will the Twins be this year?
I usually answer by saying, simply, that they'll be better than last year. Then again, the bar wasn't set very high as Minnesota lost 96 games one year after losing 99. While the Twins may not compete for an American League Central title in 2013, there are reasons to believe this team will be better than last year's.
The biggest thing plaguing Minnesota in 2012 was starting pitching, or a lack of it. The Twins' rotation finished with the second-worst ERA in all of baseball, behind only the Colorado Rockies. So like the 96 losses, there really is nowhere to go but up for Minnesota's pitching staff. General manager Terry Ryan and his staff made it a top priority this winter to acquire starting pitching to shore up the rotation. He did so by trading for Opening Day starter Vance Worley and signing free agents Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey.
All three have experience pitching in the majors, although none of...