There really is no way Lohse could close unless he developed a Hoffman-esque copycat delivery where he hides his marginal fastball with his excellent chageup with the same delivery. But I doubt that will happen to that level. I believe the Twins do have some big problems, 1 is that the have a ton of pitching and OF prospects on the brink being major leaguers and no infield. In my opinion, I still think Cuddyer should move permanently to 2B (he'd be a top 5 2B), Bartlett is hopelessly overmatched by major league pitching and I see no signs of that stopping anytime soon. Also, the Twins only have Matt Moses and Terry Tiffee at 3B none which are anything more than simply serviceable major league corner men. Here is a list of all Twin pitchers in the major leagues and the pitchers that will be...
SP Johan Santana, Francisco Liriano, Brad Radke, Carlos Silva, Scott Baker, Chad Durbin, Grant Balfour, Joe Mays, Kyle Lohse.
RP Joe Nathan, Juan Rincon, Jesse Crain, J.C. Romero, Terry Mulholland, Matt Guerrier, Travis Bowyer, Boof Bonser, Glen Perkins, Adam Harben, Kyle Waldrop, Jay Rainville, Matt Fox, Anthony Swarzak, & Scott Taylor
The only possible positonal players the Twins have in the minors are Tiffee, Moses, Trevor Plouffe, and I guess Luis Rivas )who should never be a starting player).
I believe that Mulholland will retire after this year, Jacque Jone's option will hopefully be declined, and Mays & Lohse gone in a trade. Also, I think 2006 will be Radke's final year in Minnesota with Guerrier being released as well. I would not trade Nathan until his contract is up then insert Crain
With the current roster the main question marks remain at 3B and SS. The Twins need to make some deals, why not inqure about Boston's Hanley Ramirez who won't play unless Renteria leaves which won't be anytime soon. Or why not Colorado's Ian Stewart? Or Atlanta's Betemit or Marte (is he ever gonna start?). It would take some real creativity to not give up too much, but its possible for sure. They should really try and take advantage of pitching starved teams like Colorado, Texas, Tampa Bay, New York Mets (Glavine & Trachsel are old), Atlanta (Lohse would look good here), & Cincinnati.