Posted 13 September 2013 - 08:50 PM
Well, did they sign the majority of their draft picks. I believe so, step one done.
Did they actively play in the International market with budgeted funds this year, possibly not.
Did they jettison dead weight like Willingham when given the opportunity, holding out for what? Not to mention Pelfry. Maybe even Doumit. Just freeing up current big contracts and reinvesting that money in others would be a step forward. Sometimes you bite the bullet and don't look for a prospect fleecing on-top of getting rid of salary, but only if you reinvest that salary.
Do they spend to keep their own free agents. Humm. Seems not. Unless they make a ridiculous offer to Pelfry, a player will sign with someone that is showing contention above and beyond having Mauer in the line-up, or if the Twins do offer that multi-year contract that they can't get elsewhere, again, for a tidy sum.
The Twins have to put on a good nface by having top-flight management, field personnel and show that they are spending not jsut for the short-term, but in a way that their internal prospects will also possibly (never a given) shine.
They must also put buts in the seats. Right now, Pohlad is walking around the stadium and seeing it staffed with concessions and ushers for a crowd of 20,000+ (which you have to, the tickets are sold) but actually seeing 12-14,000 butts in the seats, And not all of them are wearing Twins gear anymore. You are offering $12 home-run porch seat tickets and season-ticket holders can't even sell their unused tickets for $6 up to the day of the game. You don't sell out your dollar dog nite, even when you limit each fan to a dozen.
Plus, the Twins and Target Field (is the field more important than the team) will be getting national spotlight in 2014...and who are they going to have represent them on the field. Mauer and maybe Perkins, Perk just getting into the roster this year because Jesse Crain had to get injured.
Yes, I'm sure Pohlad walking thru the Legends Club and seeing all that food gong unsold, all those seats outside empty, and no traffic in the aisles is wondering where the millions will come to help pay down their part of the stadium bill early will come. Words are just words.
Yep, I'll sign any player for the Twins that will work for $3-4 million, has potential to come back the next season and play even better for the same money, and won't be asking me for a multi-year contract, unless it is for less pay each season.
rosterman at www.twinscards.com