I am here with my prejudice for young players. We once dipped in to the big payroll and extended years with a guy named Mauer and I have seen more whining and anguish over that than almost anything the Twins have or have not done. I look at the big contracts like Pujols and Fielder and Howard where teams go crazy paying for past performance with little expectation of getting what the contract is supposed to buy.
The Cubs did not succeed because of Lester, they got there by developing players and if the TD rankings of prospects and reports from Florida are to be believed we just might have the talent ready to rise. Better we get the young arms producing and then let the other guys give them the big extensions for the end of their careers.
The nucleus is there, the potential is there, even at SS where the pundits weep over Polanco's fielding we have Javier and Gordon coming along. This team is two years from going past contending to a real threat. Load up the young guys and get it going.
No more Hughes, Nolasco, Santiago, Pelfrey, Correia, Pavano, Hernandez, Rogers... Get the talent coming up to produce, it is the only way this team can truly be competitive over the long run. I understand what you are saying, but I do not want any of these players. I would prefer the young potential prospects over guys who have already stressed their arms and have limited years ahead.