A familiar face is back at the helm for the Minnesota Twins. Terry Ryan, who was senior advisor to the team, will go back to what he knows best and be back as General Manager for the Twins. Ryan was the GM from 1994-2007. The Twins won four division titles under Ryan. For now, Ryan is known as the interim, but it appears that he will stay at this role as long as the Twins have him.
Ryan will replace Bill Smith who won two division titles himself in 2009 and 2010. The Twins had very high expectations going into 2011. They had their highest payroll in team history (113M), which was 15M more than any Twins team in history. Ryan does not expect the payroll to even be close to that.
“I think our payroll is going to be south of where we were last year, I’m not a big payroll figure guy. It’s not bothersome to me. Whatever it is, it’s going to be a heck of a lot more than I ever worked with.”
Minnesota has a guaranteed 65M to the 2012 payroll. This does not take into account the arbitration figures of Francisco Liriano, Kevin Slowey, Alexi Casilla, Glen Perkins, and Jose Mijares. You can pretty much chalk up another 12 or so million to the 65M figure. That leaves around 23M for Ryan to work with. That is assuming he is going to stay under 100M which Ryan referenced in his press conference.
Ryan’s main goal for 2012 is trying to re-sign their four main free agents. Joe Nathan, Michael Cuddyer, Matt Capps, and Jason Kubel all filed for Free Agency. Cuddyer and Nathan have already been courted by other teams. Kubel and Capps will definitely have a market for their services as well.
Twins have had success in re-sign their players. Just last year they re-upped Jim Thome and Carl Pavano after great seasons in 2009. I wouldn’t put it past Ryan to at least get 2 of the 4 back in Minnesota.