Re: Free agency pitching
"If we're going to do anything here and succeed in the near and long long-term Paul, it's probably no going to be via free agency. It's going to be drafting and international acquisitions and trades and so forth. Very rarely do you end up succeeding because of free agency.
Now when you get to a point where you're very competitive and you're looking World Series area, then you go out and you might end up doing something of that nature. But most clubs, and we're one of them, you're not going to probably get it done via the free agency route. You can certainly compliment your roster. And there will be people out there we'll be aggressively pursuing. There's no doubt we need to go that path on occasion.
But for long-term success, we're going to have to have the Sanos and the Rosarios and the Alex Meyers and Trevor Mays and those types of guys come through. And then all of a sudden you have the opportunity to add a free agent; then you go do it."
It sure sounds to me like we shouldn't expect any big pitching signings this offseason. However, I was excited that "international acquisitions" sprung to his mind as a way to improve the roster.
A couple of other notes;
- He says Sano isn't "roster eligible" for another year and a half, which is a year later than I thought.
- He claims Sano isn't read defensively more than offensively.
- A Gardenhire decision will come down "very close to after the season."
- He didn't tip his hand on Gardy. He said he was a big fan of his, but he didn't say that meant he was safe.
- Also said he didn't think Ron Gardenhire would step away on his own.
- There are major league players that he said didn't have the year he was hoping and he wants to get back on track.
- Has a wait-and-see approach on Mauer and wants Mauer's input.
Here it is if you would like to listen to it. The interview starts at the 32 minute mark.
Edited by John Bonnes, 23 September 2013 - 03:25 PM.