"My view ... is the best time to acquire players of that magnitude is when your window to win is wide open, not when you're got your fingers underneath the window and you're trying to jam the window open," Levine said on a panel at TwinsFest. "I want to do it when we're projected to win the Central, and we're ready to put our foot on someone's throat."
One has to wonder exactly who Falvine lumps into "players of that magnitude".In this quote, it's Machado and Harper, but given the Twin's inaction in the wake of a $100M payroll, it'd appear that they're averse to generally signing 3-4 WAR players to multi-year deals.Assuming that's true, which again, it appears to be, Levine's quote should worry every Twins fan: we're not going to spend money on impact players unless we're the best.But we won't spend money on impactful players to move from being close to the best to the actual best. With Falvine's asinine mentality, we're doomed.We're going to be the 90s and 00s Royals.
As an aside to all of that, assuming Keuchel can be had for 4 years or less, if the Twins don't sign Keuchel, it's GM malpractice.Last year was an absolute disaster and we STILL WON 78 GAMES.What if, instead of everything going wrong like last year, things go better than expected (or even as expected) in the production department?I mean, even with EXPECTED production, Fangraphs has us 2 games out of the Wild Card game right now.Keuchel either puts you in contention for the 2nd WC spot or, if Cleveland has a disaster season (which is not so impossible to envision given their roster turnover), it could be just enough to get us over the division title line.
Next, we're going to need to spend on the rotation next year.We have one set starter for next year.Everything else is completely dependent on development.Not only does the lack of penciled-in arms increase the importance of spending this year (when the odds of winning are better), it also means that signing a pitcher for 2020 and beyond decreases the margin for error moving forward.Using the Falvine philsophy, they're not going to sign Madbum, Cole, Sale, Strasburg (assuming he opts out, which is no sure thing in today's market), etc.So who would you rather spend the money on? The only pitcher (in my mind) to even consider is Verlander on a 2-year/$40M deal for his age 37 and 38 season--a decision that decreases the odds of reaching the playoffs this year.
The end of the Hot Stove season has me seething.A complete punt job in the weakest division in baseball with the sole rival in decline.