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Article: The Twins Should Extend Odorizzi, Not Gibson

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:04 AM
It has been noted here and elsewhere that the Twins are facing a rotation exodus one year from now, when three out of their four currentl...

REPORT: Twins Sign RHP Mike Morin

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:02 AM
Per Brandon Warne, confirmed via Darren Wolfson who says the reliever will get a spring training invite:     Actually an...

Article: Twins to Retire Mauer's No. 7: Who's Next?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:42 PM
On Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins organization surprised Joe Mauer by announcing his number seven would be retired. This ceremony will take...

Where does the talent come from

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:56 PM
So I did back of the napkin math only here but looked at three recent WS teams to see how they constructed their teams. I only added up t...

Article: Arbitration Decisions Looming

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 09:09 PM
The Minnesota Twins need to make a decision on 11 of their players on Friday. The deadline for determining whether to offer a player arbi...

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

Posted by Bryan Borchardt , 11 March 2018 · 822 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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