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Updated: December 16th, 2013 7:04pm
One former MLB GM gives an average grade for Twins' offseason to date

One former MLB GM gives an average grade for Twins' offseason to date

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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In dire need of pitching, the Twins went and got it. The consensus seems to be that the Twins' additions are good and not great.

Adding Ricky Nolasco on a four-year deal, Phil Hughes on a three-year deal and bringing back Mike Pelfrey should help a rotation that was awful in 2012 and 2013. All have their flaws, though, and that's largely why each was available at a relatively modest price for the Twins. Investing roughly $85 million on pitching isn't the cheap route, but all three signings have potential to offer positive value.

That's the opinion of former GM and current ESPN Insider Jim Bowden. On his blog, The GM's Office, Bowden gave out offseason grades and the Twins earned a middling mark.

From Bowden:

Minnesota Twins -- Grade: B-

The Twins' rotation has been so bad the last couple of years that GM Terry Ryan had to take action, signing Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to multi-year deals. Neither will take the Twins to the next level, but they should give them quality innings, which the club desperately needs. Their real window of contention will arrive along with Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, two of the game's very best prospects.

 What's your offseason grade for the Twins? More importantly, why?

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
In this story: Phil Hughes, Mike Pelfrey
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