by, 12-24-2012 at 12:02 AM (698 Views)
It's Christmas time in Twins Territory and what does GM Terry Ryan have to show for it after another 95 loss season in 2012. He made two good trades bringing in power arms Alex Meyer and Trevor May to a depleted farm system. He added a solid middle of the rotation starter in Vance Worley. However, he then disappointed everybody by signing free agent pitcher Kevin Correia to a terrible 2-year, $10 million deal. He signed pitcher Mike Pelfrey to a 1-year, $4 million deal with incentives. Pelfrey had TJ surgery in May and is trying to make it back for the start of the 2013 season. Rich Harden was inked to a minor league deal but he has suffered from injuries his entire career and missed all of 2012. It was Tweeted by Charley Walters this morning the Twins are expected to have a payroll of around $83 million. So if this is true the fans really got scrooged. Jim Pohlad is a real life version of Ebeneezer Scrooge caring more about profit than winning baseball games. Here is what the other teams in the A.L. Central have done.
1. Detroit Tigers- Owner Mike Ilitch has opened up his wallet again to sign outfielder Torii Hunter and starter Anibal Sanchez.
2. Cleveland Indians- They hired Terry Francona and signed free agents Mark Reynolds and Nick Swisher. Traded Shin-Soo Choo, Jason Donald, Tony Sipp, and Lars Anderson for Trevor Bauer, Drew Stubbs, Bryan Shaw, and Matt Albers. Signed LH pitcher Scott Kazmir to a minor league deal.
3. Chicago White Sox- They re-signed ace Jake Peavy to a 2-year deal and brought back pitcher Gavin Floyd. Signed infielder Jeff Keppinger and added Angel Sanchez in the Rule 5 draft. Signed outfielder Dewayne Wise to a 1-year deal.
4. Kansas City Royals- Signed pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to a 3-year, $25 million deal. Traded four very good prospects to TB for stud James Shields and pitcher Wade Davis.
The division has gotten much stronger, tougher, and more competitive. I'm pretty sure not even the most optimistic Twins fan can find positives in what has been a very questionable and CHEAP off-season. Nobody expects the front office to increase payroll after another bad season, but it's certainly fair to ask them not to reduce it either. As of right now the Twins have cut payroll by $33 million in two years since Target Field opened. I'm sorry if nobody else will admit it, but this is just not acceptable. Feel free to leave me any comments because your opinion matters to me.