Ervin Santana is expected to once again be the mainstay of the staff, but he had surgery on Feb. 6 which is expected to sideline him 10-to-12 weeks, meaning he might not be back until May. The Twins do have a number of off days in April, so that will help as the team tries to avoid a slot start a la 2016. The only “gimme” for the rest of the staff is Jose Berrios, who went 14-8 with a 3.89 ERA in his first full season in 2017. Kyle Gibson likely will have a spot, but he is coming off a poor year. Phil Hughes returns from injury looking to regain his old form. With Bartolo Colon and Hector Santiago gone, among others, Adalberto Mejia and a bunch of youngsters will battle for any other remaining spots. Trevor May, who missed all of last season, could be in the mix as well, although the bullpen could be his ticket. Of course, there are still plenty of free agents left on the market as well as trade possibilities. This will be the most interesting thing to monitor in the spring.
USA TODAY Sports Jake Roth