The end of the National Football League season means that the sports calendar is about to give way to Major League Baseball.

This is the time of year when baseball fans’ minds start to cut through the clutter of sub-zero temperatures and blowing snow to find green grass, blue skies and warmer climates.

By the time that the last strand of confetti is swept off of the turf of the Super Bowl, optimism springs in the minds of fans across MLB‘s 30 teams, thinking that their team can be this year’s surprise team.

That optimism may be hard to come by for the Minnesota Twins, who are coming off of their second straight season at the bottom of the American League Central standings.

It’s been a cold winter under the watch of Terry Ryan, who has sent both Denard Span and Ben Revere packing while restocking a farm system that desperately needed an overhaul.

That’s good news for the future of the franchise, but 2013 can be a bumpy ride if there’s no help on the horizon.

Despite the doom and gloom that’s surrounding the Twins, there are still several storylines to keep an eye on, as the team heads to Fort Myers for the 22nd time to prepare for the season opener against the Detroit Tigers on April 1.

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