As we all take our guesses on whether or not the Minnesota Twins will improve on their back-to-back last place finishes in the American League Central, the 2013 Twins already look very different from the team that took the field in 2012.

With another descent to the bottom of the AL Central, there’s reason to believe that the 2014 team will look even more different.

But how different, exactly?

Like most people with their heads screwed on straight, I don’t anticipate much of a “Cinderella” team in Minnesota this year. Rather, I think the time is now to build for 2014 and beyond.

In a division that is getting older, the Twins would be keen to part ways with some of their older cogs if they fall out of contention before the trade deadline.

That means Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham (as well as others) could be on the hot seat soon. 

Assuming the Twins do in fact fail to contend for a third straight campaign, let’s take a look at some possible moves aimed towards building a contender in the near future. Keep in mind that these scenarios are a bit unlikely, but provide a loose blueprint of what the Twins might be looking for come mid-season.

Let the discussion begin.

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