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Published October 12, 2009, 02:17 PM

5 things to keep the Twins in the playoffs next year

(WDAY Sports) - Now that the twins season is in the history book, fans are wondering what the team might look like in the new outdoor park. So we asked our resident baseball nut Dom Izzo for five things the boss man must address this winter.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

(WDAY Sports) - Now that the twins season is in the history book, fans are wondering what the team might look like in the new outdoor park. So we asked our resident baseball nut Dom Izzo for five things the boss man must address this winter.

Number five is third base. Joe Crede was solid when he was healthy, but he wasn't for the last two months of the season. There are a couple of free agent options namely Chone Figgins from the Angels. My take, offer him five years, 50 million and see what happens.

Number four is Orlando Cabrera. He was fantastic after being traded here at the deadline. He had some clutch hits and while his range is declining, his arm is still solid. Give him a two or three year deal and shore up the middle infield with Nick Punto.

Number three is left field. Denard Span and Michael Cuddyer have to play every day. So what do you do with Delmon Young and Carlos Gomez? Gomez needs to spend time in the minors and despite his tendency to swing at the first pitch. Delmon gets 50 games to show what he's got.

At number two is starting pitching. The Twins do not have an ace. Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, Kevin Slowey are all solid guys, but not a guy you can count on every fifth day. My take, the Twins will never be able to get a Roy Halladay or a Cliff Lee, but a Rich Harden or Erik Bedard is do-able. Get one of those guys and the rest of the teams in the central will really pay attention.

And number one is Mauer. His contract is up at the end of next year. The Twins need to pay Mauer whatever he wants. He's going to want somewhere in the 20 million a year range, you give it to him. Three batting titles and a MVP, you don't want the constant questions of a contract hanging over him, remember Torri and Johan?

And those are just some suggestions to keep the Twins in the playoff party a little longer.

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