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We might be back to Wild Bill

Lately I’ve been feeling optimistic about the upcoming season, to the point of worrying that I’m over-optimistic. But I sure don’t feel like I’m exaggerating Bill Smith’s job this offseason.

So when someone like Dave Cameron raves about the offseason and the team in general — calling them clearly the class of the division with a chance at a superb rotation — it makes me a little less concerned about how excited I am, and how impressed I am with Smith.

With Hudson, Hardy, and Thome, the Twins have improved their offense significantly. By retaining Pavano and watching Francisco Liriano return to form in winter ball, their pitching rotation has the chance to be among the best in baseball. Their bullpen is still good, anchored by a relief ace and some quality arms in front of him.

It’s hard to imagine the Twins could have had a better winter. They used this off-season to upgrade the team, and while the roster isn’t perfect, they are clearly the class of the AL Central at this point. Adding Hudson is just the cherry on top of what was already a very good winter.

Wow. I think I’m going to have to go back to calling him Wild Bill.


5 Comments so far

  1. FunBobby February 6th, 2010 1:06 pm

    I hope he doesn’t make a habit of making a bunch of moves in one season, then doing nothing for 2 or 3. but it is great to see him addressing needs.

  2. Moe February 7th, 2010 3:31 am

    Vikings done. Wolves irrelevant. MN transplant from CA so hockey not a big deal.

    Bring on baseball! Can’t wait for the lads to take on the Bitch Sox. (If only Bat Girl was still blogging this would be perfect!)

  3. FunBobby February 8th, 2010 8:40 am

    Which Sox are the “bitch sox”? Or is that a phrase to describe both of them?

  4. Moe February 8th, 2010 9:47 am

    The Bitch Sox is how Bat Girl normally referred to Chicago.

    For me the Red Sox are Evil Empire II (Evil Empire I Being the Yankees)

  5. rghrbek February 8th, 2010 10:53 am

    The rotation has a chance of being one of the best in baseball?

    Maybe… upon further reflection. We do play in the AL Central.

    If Liriano reverts back to 2006 form, yes, immediately we are that good. Realistically, though might be better than last year and that makes our rotation solid.

    Still, hasn’t Pavano only been healthy for 1 of the last 6 years? He is an unknown, similar to Liriano, for different reasons.

    Regardless, it’s been a good off season. One in which, we, as Twins fans, are not accustomed too!

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