None of us could've done that. When I said "overall" I meant it. Most of the moves that built those teams were drafts, trades that worked out great for the Twins. Now over the past few years, any of us could've done those and probably signed better players to boot. (Talking exclusively on the MLB side of things, not international signings, drafting, development, etc) TR needs to evolve. He has the budget to do so. Evolution doesn't mean change 100%, hell I still have monkey arms, my point is that he should still be able to do all of the things he has done in the past that have made him successful (scout, develop, make sneaky trades) while for once in his career, he has the money to supplement his roster with talent from outside the organization through FA, something he really has never had the money to do.
I'm not 100% sold on the idea that he understands he has the money to sign players better than Corriea, Pelfrey, Marquis. EVOLVE TERRY.
You post with the assumption that some of these other players want to sign here. We don't know that. Put yourself in the position of say, Nolasco or Garza. The Twins will give you, again, just for argument sake, 4/60. But so will 2-4 other teams, who are much better than the Twins are, and maybe they are even in better areas of the country. Where would you sign? Now assume that to get those players, the Twins have to overpay by 20%. Are either of those guys worth 4/72 or 5/90?
Remember here, the Twins (if I recall correctly) are putting a lot of their eggs in the 2015-2017 baskets. I'm fine holding off paying for someone for one more season. That gives the core one more year to prove they are ready to play at higher levels, one more year to deal with potential injuries or side tracks, and one more year to see what other guys can do like Dozier, Hicks, Pinto, Arcia, etc.
Getting Garza or Nolasco right now doesn't save us from another rough season or two anyways. In my personal opinion, 2014 will probably be another 90 loss season. 2015 might be close, but, we should at least be seeing a lot of the future players trying to figure it out at the MLB level. 2016 should be the year we're playing at least .500 ball and back to having a chance to compete again. I say that based solely on the basis of this team banking on the future of Sano, Buxton, May, Meyer, Arcia, Barreios, and Stewart.