Minnesota Twins: 5 options to strengthen the bullpen

MINNEAPOLIS, MN-SEPTEMBER 26: Max Kepler #26 of the Minnesota Twins and Eddie Rosario #20 pose for a photo in the dugout against the Detroit Tigers on September 26, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Tigers defeated the Twins 11-4. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN-SEPTEMBER 26: Max Kepler #26 of the Minnesota Twins and Eddie Rosario #20 pose for a photo in the dugout against the Detroit Tigers on September 26, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Tigers defeated the Twins 11-4. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /
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The Minnesota Twins are a team with serious potential. If they want to capitalize on this and take advantage of a weak AL Central they need to do some work to bolster their bullpen.

The Minnesota Twins are an intriguing team.

After a disappointing 2018 that saw the team finish with a 78-84 record, the Twins have made some pretty good moves this offseason, highlighted by the signing of slugger Nelson Cruz and the hiring of young manager Rocco Baldelli.

In most divisions in baseball, these moves wouldn’t move the needle much as far as a team’s playoff hopes are concerned; the AL Central is not most divisions in baseball.

The Indians are no longer trying to move their top two rotation arms, but in all of the hubbub surrounding potential trades, they’ve done little to nothing to make their team better heading into 2019.

If the White Sox don’t end up making a major addition to their roster (you know the one) there’s not much standing in the way of the Twins making a division run, at least not if they’re smart in finishing up the construction of their own roster.

One area the Twins need to pay particular attention to if they want to improve next year is in the bullpen. The group finished last season with a weak bullpen ERA of 4.50, and without some key additions, they’ll likely disappoint again in 2019.

Luckily for the Twins, there are still quite a few effective relievers available in free agency (even some that are in the Twins “budget”). Let’s check out a few.