This post isn't intended to start a Terry Ryan debate. It isn't even to point out past mistakes or successes.
It's simply to illustrate that it's about assets. It's about shopping at Dollar General for the past 5 years.
Past 5 year outside bullpen acquisitions:
Rodney (Free Agent 1 year 4.5 million)
Belisle (Free Agent 1 Year 2 Million)
Breslow (minor league deal)
Abad (minor league deal)
Kintzler (Minor league deal)
Boshers (minor league deal)
Graham (Rule 5)
Boyer (minor league deal)
Pino (Minor League Deal)
Stephen Pryor (Trade)
Jason Adam (Trade)
Twins cost to acquire outside bullpen assets: 6.5 Million (all spent by Falvey and Lavine), Half Years of Brandon Kintzler, Kendrys Morales and Josh Willingham... Plus a Mid Range prospect with potential in Chih-Wei Hu and a bunch of minor league deals at the MLB minimum.
Bullpen Assets trade acquisitions:
Willingham to Royals for Jason Adam
Morales to Mariners for Stephen Pryor
Graham to Yankees for PTBNL or Cash
Abad to Red Sox for Pat Light
Kintzler to Nats for Austin Watson
Most would agree that the Twins were in selling position at trade deadlines for 4 of the past 5 years. Yet didn't have bullpen assets to sell when all contenders are looking for them.
When the Twins did find themselves in buying position... they paid a pretty heavy price.
Bullpens need to be prioritized a little higher than Dollar General to prepare for good seasons and bad seasons.
The Yankees got serious about their bullpen and built a super one. Watched the team fail with a super bullpen in 2016 and cashed it in... they acquired Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney, Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield.
The Yankees then rebuilt another super bullpen and will use at least one of those acquired prospects to outbid the Twins for the services of Gerrit Cole.
If the Yankees shock the world and fail in 2018 because Judge and Stanton strike out too much... They can trade Chapman, Betences, Robertson, Kahnle, Greene and Warren for more top 100 prospects.