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Article: Dozier’s Days Numbered, Then What?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:23 PM
Despite sweeping the hapless Baltimore Orioles, and then taking a series from the equally terrible Kansas City Royals, the Minnesota Twin...

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado

Other Baseball Today, 07:17 PM
Harper is on pace for 1 bWAR this year. (WAR doesn't like his defense). Going into the season, he and Machado were going to be the darlin...

Article: With Machado Gone, Eduardo Escobar Becomes The B...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:14 PM
The 2018 MLB Trade Deadline was always going to revolve around one player, and that was Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado. Among...

Six Twins Featured on MLBTR's Top 75 Trade Candidates

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:58 PM
MLB Trade Rumors released its list of the Top 75 MLB Trade Candidates At The All-Star Break, and quite a few Twins were listed. Here...

Sickels Twins Prospect Update

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 06:21 PM
Mid season update from Sickelshttps://www.minorlea...d-season-review

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Twins spend 4th most in Free Agency (sort of...)

Posted by Bryan Borchardt , 11 March 2018 · 743 views

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Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained?? After years of luke-warm stove off seasons the new front office has made their mark on the roster by signing five players to the big league roster who are ready and able to contribute on opening day. Add to that the trade for Jake Odorizzi and you’re talking nearly 25% of the 25 man roster acquired this off season from outside the team.

What is particularly stunning about these additions is the money which was spent on acquiring the players. While the latest additions, Lance Lynn and Logan Morrison appear to be team friendly deals, Lynn will still be the 4th highest paid player on the roster in 2018 and Morrison the 9th. Call is savvy management, or call it bargain hunting, these guys will command a healthy share of the Twins payroll in 2018.

In fact, if you look at the 2018 Base Salaries of the five free agents the Twins signed, plus the $2M paid to Michael Pineda in 2018, the total ($34M) is the fourth highest for 2018 salaries paid behind only the Phillies ($56M), Cubs ($53M) and Rockies ($42.3M). Surprised? I was. And what is even more impressive is that these short term deals will allow the front office to continue to have roster flexibility into the future, particularly when the likes of Hughes and Mauer come off the books.

After all the dust settles, it looks as though the Twins opening day payroll will be right around $130M. While this is an increase of about 24% over 2017’s opening day number, it puts the Twin’s only right around the median of all MLB teams in terms of total payroll.

And how do we feel about being in the middle of the pack for payroll? I’ll take it. Particularly when the front office appears to be adding players in a smart way, to what is already a solid roster of young talent.

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