The Minnesota Twins are not likely to compete for a playoff spot this year. They finished last in the AL Central in 2016 and will likely be staring that same reality in the face again in 2016.
The Twins have been actively shopping their best player – second baseman Brian Dozier. The St. Louis Cardinals seem to be the front-runner to land the power-hitting Dozier, so his departure from the AL Central will benefit the Indians even more.
For reasons that go beyond statistics, the Indians struggled against the lowly Twins in 2016, posting just a 10-9 record, which was their worst record against a division opponent. Improvement against the Twins will give the Indians more cushion against better teams like the Royals and Tigers.