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The Twins Are Teaching MLB Teams How to Avoid a Teardown

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A year ago at this time, the writing was already on the wall.

On this date last season, the Twins sat in last place of a mediocre division at 18–29, and in little more than two months’ time, they would part ways with established players José Berríos, Nelson Cruz, J.A. Happ and Hansel Robles in a trade deadline sell-off that preceded a last-place finish.