This may not be solvable with the current roster. My core philosophy with this team is that all decisions should be based more on 2014 and beyond than on 2013. Carroll is not, at age 39, a multi-year answer for any question, and it’s increasingly doubtful that Dozier can hit well enough to stay in the lineup.
Hicks ... there’s good reason to go slow on elevating his role in the offense.
So the Twins figure to limp along without a true leadoff man. And, really, the leadoff production might get better without changing anything.
It would be difficult for it to get worse.
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