The Minnesota Twins have been the darlings of small budget baseball for so long. They may be the best example of money ball as they have consistently been able to win with a low payroll. The Twins do have talent on their team though, they have built a lot of it through their farm system though. Here is a look at their team and who I would say are keepers for fantasy baseball.
C Joe Mauer is looking to stay healthy and have a bounce back year. If Mauer is healthy there is no doubt you want to keep this guy on your team. Mauer is a career 323 hitter. He does have some power although maybe not as much as he should. His best year he hit 28 homeruns and drove in 96. 13 and 84 were his best besides that so there is a big difference. I would want to keep this guy around though, he is still young.
1B Justin Morneau is another guy if he is healthy. His last two years he has not been healthy though, it is a big risk to keep him around. In the last two seasons he hit a combined 22 homeruns. In the previous four seasons he hit 34, 31, 23 and 30. He had 130, 111, 129 and 100 RBI. In the last two years he has had 86 RBI combined in the two seasons. He has only played in a 150 combined games the last two years. He is a guy that needs to stay healthy, I would hold on to him for now, if he doesn’t bounce back this year it will be time to dump him.
SP Francisco Liriano is a keeper to me. There is too much talent to just dump this guy. Liriano needs to be focused and he will go out there and pitch well. He had a pretty bad year last year but the year before he was better. He is still a young pitcher and he is worth keeping around to me. He had three of four good years before last year. Liriano is 47-42 in his career with a 4.19 ERA. He has a 1.33 career WHIP and a 248 batting average against. 14 wins was his best year in 2010, he can do better then that though.
CF Denard Span may be a guy that you want to keep around. He isn’t a bad player especially off the bench. He is a career 285 career hitter. He has a career on base percentage of 361. He is not a power guy but will steal you some bases, he can steal 20-25. He only played in 70 games last year and is looking for a big bounce back year this year. I would keep him around for my team.
There are some border line players that I would say are possible keepers. They don’t have any more sure things in my mind though. Here are some borderline players.
SP Scott Baker is a decent starting pitcher. In his career he is 63-48. He is a winning pitcher, his career ERA is 4.15 which isn’t great but it isn’t that bad either. He has had some elbow issues though and in the last two years his innings have gone down. He is a guy to look at and keep an eye on though.
RP Matt Capps is a closer. He has always been a reliever and became a closer in 2007. He had his best year in 2010 when he saved 42 games. Last year he saved 15 and blew nine saves. He had an ERA of 4.25, he definitely isn’t the greatest closer but he is established and isn’t the worst you can do. I personally would choose other guys first but he is a border line keeper.
LF Josh Willingham is a potential keeper as a reserve outfielder or maybe a bench player. He is a veteran player who has a career average of 262. I definitely wouldn’t want him as a starter on my team but he wouldn’t be the worst backup you could have. He did hit 29 homeruns last year with 98 RBI. He will provide some power and drive in some runs but won’t hit for a great average. He does have a good on base percentage as well. I would look at keeping him as a reserve player.