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Detroit Tigers Rank Highly in MCB’s First Power Rankings of 2017

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Mar 16, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (40) reacts after hitting a home run with starting pitcher Daniel Norris (right) against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (40) reacts after hitting a home run with starting pitcher Daniel Norris (right) against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 20, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano (22) throws to first for the out on Toronto Blue Jays player Russell Martin (55) in the first inning of a baseball game during spring training at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 20, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano (22) throws to first for the out on Toronto Blue Jays player Russell Martin (55) in the first inning of a baseball game during spring training at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports /

#28 Minnesota Twins
2016 Run Differential: -167
Best Offseason Move: Signing Jason Castro
Worst Offseason Move: Trading Pat Light

Another spot in the power rankings, another rebuilding franchise.

That’s the Minnesota Twins for you.

Minnesota showed promise in 2015 with an 83-79 record, but struggled significantly in 2016.

The Detroit Tigers’ division rivals saw their run differential plummet from -4 to -167 last season. Detroit certainly wasn’t complaining, as the Tigers went 15-4 against the Twins, the club’s best mark against any franchise in 2016.

After trading Oswaldo Arcia, Eduardo Nunez, Fernando Abad, Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer mid-season, Minnesota largely stayed quiet during the offseason.

Jason Castro was the team’s most significant addition, as the former Astro was signed to replace Kurt Suzuki.

Suzuki wasn’t the only Twins player to depart in the offseason.

Minnesota also moved on from Trevor Plouffe, Tommy Milone, Pat Light, Darin Mastroianni and Logan Schafer.

The club will continue to move forward with a nucleus consisting of Max Kepler, Bryan Buxton, Jose Berrios and Miguel Sano.

Heading into 2017, if the Twins struggle, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the club trade away some veteran pieces at the deadline.

If the likes of Brian Dozier, Erving Santana, Hector Santiago, Glen Perkins and Brandon Kintzler are dealt, Minnesota could slide further down this list.

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