The Twins hung around for longer than expected last summer, but they were never a real threat. Their youth -- the envy of much of the league -- is a year older and more experienced now, though, and could be exactly what Minnesota needed to truly challenge in the AL Central of a wild card spot. Even if Joe Mauer doesn't rebound, this is going to be the team of Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton very soon, and that's a good thing for the Twins.
Byung-ho Park hit 105 homers over the last two seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization, and while he's not going to do that in MLB, his power is very real. The 29-year-old has the potential to be a fixture in the middle of the Twins' lineup, and could join with Miguel Sano to give Minnesota a dangerous dinger combo.
All additions: Byung-ho Park, John Ryan Murphy, Fernando Abad
Aaron Hicks finally started to break out in 2015, as he hit .265/.339/.443 from July 5 onward. He was traded to the Yankees for the underrated John Ryan Murphy, though, as it was time to give Byron Buxton his shot in the Minnesota outfield, but it's easy to envision a situation where, in 2016, the Twins miss the emergence of Hicks as Buxton adjusts to life in the big leagues.
All departures: Aaron Hicks, Torii Hunter, Mike Pelfrey, Brian Duensing
Byung-ho Park shows he has 30-homer power in the world's top baseball league at the same time that Miguel Sano shows his half-season of mashing is something he can do over a whole season, too. Byron Buxton reminds everyone of why he was such a beloved prospect at the same time he makes everyone forget about his 2015 struggles, and the rotation is good enough to support a lineup that frightens the rest of the Central.
Byron Buxton is still just 22, and it shows for far too much of the season. The Twins once again have a disappointing lineup overall even as pieces of their future like Miguel Sano thrive, and the rotation's lack of upside can't make up the difference in a competitive AL Central.
Lineup: Brian Dozier, Eduardo Escobar, Joe Mauer, Miguel Sano, Trevor Plouffe, Byung-ho Park, Eddie Rosario, Kurt Suzuki, Byron Buxton
Rotation: Ervin Santana, Phil Hughes, Kyle Gibson, Tommy Milone, Tyler Duffy