Bob Sansevere Interviews Dave St. Peter
Lots of talk on payroll and the relative salary of Mauer.
Twins' Dave St. Peter: Team opens season with $80 million to $85 million payroll - TwinCities.com
BS: Before you moved into Target Field, you said the move would allow the team to spend more money on players. Some people perceive that not to be happening. Is it happening?
DSP: Obviously, there's always going to be a lot of focus on payroll. We tend to focus more on players internally. We've made a huge investment as it relates to Mauer. We've made a huge investment as it relates to Morneau. I think the reality of it is that over time there's got to be that balance between those type of players and players who come into your system. Make no mistake: We don't believe payroll is the issue. We invested well north of $100 million two years ago and it didn't pan out. Last year, our payroll was north of $100 million and we lost 95 games. The good news for fans is there is flexibility. For Opening Day, we're between $80 million and $85 million. I tend to focus more on where we land at the end of the year than where we start. Hopefully, we get off to a reasonable start. The revenues at Target Field put us in a good position, I believe, to go out and add to this baseball team and make it better.