With 2013 marking their third straight 90-loss season, the Minnesota Twins are looking forward to 2014 more than ever.
Will the switch of former MVP Joe Mauer from catcher to to first base be the right move in successfully moving forward?
In an attempt to protect their star player from further concussions and the day-to-day physical wear of being a major league catcher, the Twins announced on Nov. 11 that Mauer would permanently move from behind the plate to first base. Mauer, the only catcher in MLB history to win three batting titles, already has a reputation at bat, but he could also make a name for himself at first base this upcoming season.
Or will the reconstruction of their pitching line up be their key to success?
In 2013, the Twins were the only team in Major League Baseball to not reach 1,000 strikeouts. The Twins have been aggressive in fixing that problem by signing pitchers Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes and Mike Pelfrey to free-agent deals while researching investment with Matt Garza and Bronson Arroyo.
Either way, necessary changes needed to made in order for the 2014 season to look positive for the Twins.