Everybody loves to hate Bill Smith and he really had his faults but he did as promised when Target Field was built and that was spend some money.
Now with Terryback in charge we're back to penny pinching and that promised 52% of revenue is long gone. This is a chance to get a player that could help us a lot and for only money. No need to trade prospects for the guy just money. Anyone really think Jim Pohlad and Twins don't have plenty of money to spend if they really wanted to improve this team?
I'm sorry, but for the gazillionth time, the myth gets perpetuated that Bill Smith was free to spend money on a transactional basis on his own. Smith didn't set the budget. Others in the organization set the budget, and Smith had nominal influence on it! Smith didn't act alone in signing Sano, or Kepler, or anyone else. As a matter of actual fact, Smith did not enter the discussions with a single player until late in the negotiation process. Even then, he had zero authority to pull the actual trigger. Others were part of the consensus, and Smith had less influence than some of them. If you continue to insist otherwise, help me understand how you come to understand this to be true?
And, for the bazillionth time, where does anyone come up with this nonsense that Pohlad promised to spend that 52% each and every year without fail? I realize the access media has done a miserable job of getting clarification on this subject, but there are a number of public statements from Jim Pohlad that make it very clear that he doesn't discuss this in terms of a promise. He's used the words "guideline", and other words, that make it at least a little clearer that the 52% thing is part of a larger and more general explanation of their financial disciplines, something almost all sophisticated organizations establish as part of their business policies. I once heard Pohlad speak briefly on the topic in person, and what I took home is that they'll look at average revenues over perhaps a few seasons, and they have as a general goal to invest (the word used) an average of 50-55%, and that this will of course vary, since the timing of these things dictates that approach. The 52% number, as I rather vaguely recall and am not completely sure of, was thrown out there as an industry benchmark for payroll spending. Based on that, I can't agree that the Twins will never spend 50% plus, possibly a great deal more, if the situation as viewed from an investment perspective, appears attractive to them.
The GM will have limited influence on this, regardless of who that GM is.
But I'm 100% sympathetic, and frustrated myself, that we're not in the hunt for some of these foreign players and suspect that the Twins have a way too conservative opinion as to what guys like Rusney might be worth. The Abreu case has increased my skepticism in particular, as he's looking like a relative value, at least right now.