You can keep stating that spending is bad because the Phillies, Red Sox, etc... did not play well last year but when you look at the league as a whole the spenders win more than the non spenders. So yeah, spending might not significantly improve the Twins 2013 playoff chances, of course it might we don't know, but immediate success isn't the only point of spending in 2013. I would point you to Shane's post #56 as to other reasons spending is beneficial. Not spending does nothing to help your club. It only helps you bottom line short term.
WTF. where did I ever say bad? Spending per se is not going to fix the problems of the 2013 Twins. At this point you have someone who is a fourth outfielders in Mastro playing center. Parmalee in right, Carrol another utility player at 2 or short along with someone who is a replacement level player. With two players who were good in a utility role starting you now have no bench. 3 base is debatable. That is a hell of a lot of question mark positions on a team. Yes I hope this spring that Benson, Hicks and Arcia play so well they can't be sent down. I don't even think it is unreasonable to hope that. What the heck was out there for middle infielders? Drew? From what I read, good bat, declining defense due to injuries. Is that a wise investment? Was there any other middle infielder out there worth spending money on that was going to improve the team long term? Long term with the pitching and spending money is a different thread. Read what the fellow Twins daily people had to say before the market started.
Twins Daily - Deep Starting Pitching Market Is A Lucky Break For Twins
Some people's opinions have changed.
Is a long term contract with a pitcher with a sustained record of near .500 winning percentage and an ERA well over 4 really going to help your team long term? Is the average fan going to get excited about that?
You sign free agents to fix a couple of spots on your roster, not rebuild the whole roster.