Baseball’s winter meetings begin this week in Florida.

This can be a time when those hot stoves really get fired up.

Twins’ General Manager Bill Smith has needs to be addressed as the team heads into its second season at Target Field.

No longer playing small-market ball, the team’s payroll is projected to be around $102 to $120 million for the 2011 season.

If Minnesota is going to successfully defend the American League Central Title and make that step to the next level, then Smith will have to make some moves.

Here are 12 points to ponder as Twins’ fans look forward to the 2011 season.

The official start of winter may still be a little over two weeks away, but keep in mind that pitchers and catchers report in only 74 days!

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