Twins Writer shares a reason for hope in 2023

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The Minnesota Twins have managed to be competitive in 2022.

Heading into Tuesday’s games, they’re 69-70, but they’re down five games behind the division-leading Cleveland Guardians after dropping three straight and eight of their last 10.

They even fell to third place, after being overtaken by the Chicago White Sox.

They still have a chance to win the AL Central, but it’s looking more unlikely by the day.

The good thing is that the Twins have a lot of controllable talent, which gives them room to operate on the payroll next year.

“For 2023, the #MNTwins have only committed $98 million in payroll. If Correa steps down, that drops to $63 million. With their $155 million payroll in 2022 as a benchmark, they would have close to $100 million to spend. That’s a ton of money while only needing an SS and a pen,” sports blogger from Minnesota @tlschwerz tweeted.

Correa’s plans will help shape the twins’ offseason

As a reminder, the shortstop Carlos Correa signed a three-year, $105.3 million contract before the season.

However, it has opt-out clauses after each year.

He will have to decide whether or not he wishes to adhere to his agreement.

If he commits, the Twins won’t need a shortstop and will have enough funds to research several bullpen upgrades and possibly an impact outfielder.

If he retires, he will leave an additional $35.1 million available for an offseason in which Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts and more shortstops may come to market.

The Twins may not be in top form for the rest of 2022, but the 2023 offseason is already looking promising.

They nurtured a lot of cheap talent, like Jhoan Duran, Alex Kiriloff, Trevor Larnach, Luis Arraez, Bailey Ober, Josh Winder, Joe Ryan, Jose Miranda, Jorge Lopezand others.

As a result, they will have more flexibility.