Twins express confidence in rotation that carries questions | Major League Baseball


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins set a major league record for home runs last season. They created a bigger buzz with their recent signing of star third baseman Josh Donaldson to a $92 million, four-year contract — the richest in club history for a free agent.

Still, the defending AL Central champions carry with them a pressing question. Is their starting pitching going to be strong enough to not only help them get back to the postseason but play deeper into October this time?

With spring training less than three weeks away, diminishing the likelihood of another acquisition, the Twins have publicly expressed confidence in their rotation for 2020.

“As it stands right now, I feel really good about the group we have and the ability to build around that,” president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said. He added: “We never say never to anything, but we feel like we have a lot of good guys in the mix.”

Twins starters in 2019 ranked 11th in the majors in ERA (4.11) and sixth in innings (889 2/3), with pitching coach Wes Johnson making a strong impact in his first year with the team. All-Star José Berríos, perhaps the next player in…

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