Twins need to solidify rotation

Faced with a suspect rotation, the Twins must make a trade if they really want to have success in October.

Originally Published: July 27, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
After getting swept by the White Sox a month ago, the Twins trailed the Sox by two games in the American League Central. Worse, the Twins had been outscored over the course of the season, and of course not many teams with negative run differentials wind up playing on national TV in October.

After beating the White Sox last night, the Twins boast a one-and-a-half game lead over the White Sox, and these teams apparently are going in different directions. The Twins have finally figured out that Justin Morneau's a better player than Doug Mientkiewicz (you mean he really doesn't save three runs per game with his glove?), and they've got Shannon Stewart back in the lineup. Meanwhile, the White Sox have lost their two best hitters (Frank Thomas and Magglio Ordonez) to serious injuries. At this moment, for perhaps the first time all season the Twins might reasonably be considered real favorites to finish atop the AL Central standings.

Still, the Twins aren't the Yankees or the Cardinals; they can't just flip on the cruise control and motor all the way home. The White Sox are too scary, and October's just around the corner. So where should the Twins try to get better?