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Updated: July 18th, 2014 12:51pm
With an eye toward the future, what will the 2016 Twins look like?

With an eye toward the future, what will the 2016 Twins look like?

by Derek Wetmore and Phil Mackey
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Sports Over Beers, episode 24. Jim Souhan on trade deadline for the Twins
Jim Souhan joins the Sports Over Beers podcast for some plausible Twins trade scenarios. This episode was recorded at Brothers in downtown Minneapolis, and is sponsored by Shock Top -- Live Life Unfiltered. The Twins should be trade-deadline sellers, the question is whether or not they’ll realize that in time. Which players should the Twins look to trade? Josh Willingham, Kendrys Morales, Kevin Correia, Kurt Suzuki? Who are some that aren’t getting talked about much who could or should be moved? Trade candidates or not: Sam Deduno? Trevor Plouffe? Casey Fien? Souhan’s top-3 trade options. Can Josmil Pinto be the Twins catcher of the future or should the Twins extend Suzuki? -- Will Terry Ryan and Ron Gardenhire be here this time next year? What do you think about these roles: Paul Molitor manager, Tom Kelly bench coach. Robin Yount? -- The guys take a walk down memory lane with some obscure Twins from the past, including a story about a former ballplayer and potential drug dealer. How did the steroid era slip by largely unnoticed for a while? -- Outlining the Elbow Empowerment Program. What’s the next ‘Moneyball,’ or market inefficiency?
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MINNEAPOLIS - With the Futures Game in town last weekend, we got to thinking about what the future of the Twins will look like. Alex Meyer, Jose Berrios and Kennys Vargas participated in the game at Target Field.

Will they be on the Twins by opening day 2016?

Here are a couple of guesses:

Phil Mackey's guess for Twins 2016 starting lineup:

C Josmil Pinto

1B Joe Mauer 

2B Brian Dozier 

3B Miguel Sano 

SS Jorge Polanco 

LF Danny Santana

CF Byron Buxton

RF Oswaldo Arcia

DH Kennys Vargas 



Super Utility: Eddie Rosario 

4th OF: Aaron Hicks

Bench: INF Eduardo Escobar

Bench: Chris Herrmann 

SP: Phil Hughes 

SP: Ricky Nolasco

SP: Kyle Gibson 

SP: Alex Meyer

SP: Jose Berrios 



CL: Glen Perkins*
RP: Michael Tonkin 
RP: Nick Burdi 
RP: Ryan Pressly
RP: Edgar Ibarra* 
RP: Logan Darnell*
RP: Trevor May

* Left-handed


Derek Wetmore's guess for Twins 2016 starting lineup:

C - Kurt Suzuki

1B - Joe Mauer

2B - Brian Dozier

3B - Miguel Sano

SS - Jorge Polanco

LF - Eddie Rosario

CF - Byron Buxton

RF - Oswaldo Arcia

DH - Kennys Vargas



C Josmil Pinto

IF Danny Santana

IF/OF Chris Herrmann

OF Aaron Hicks


P1 - Alex Meyer

2) Phil Hughes

3) Trevor May

4) Ricky Nolasco

5) Kyle Gibson




Glen Perkins

Caleb Thielbar

Sean Gilmartin


Nick Burdi

J.O. Berrios

Casey Fien

Michael Tonkin


What do you think the 2016 Twins lineup will look like? Will they be competitive?

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
Email Phil | @PhilMackey | Mackey & Judd
Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore