The Minnesota Twins should be looking to make some major changes in the upcoming offseason, and it appears they will have the means to do so.
1500ESPN’s Phil Mackey reported on Wednesday that with Justin Morneau, Nick Blackburn and Mike Pelfrey all coming off the books, the Twins have a potential $40 million to spend in their budget for 2014. The approved payroll for the Twins should land approximately between $90 million and $100 million, the highest that GM Terry Ryan has seen in his 19 seasons.
With such a sharp increase in payroll, the Twins should look to pick up a few veteran free agents to balance out the young talent brewing in the minor leagues. While Ryan is known for using a low payroll and focusing on developing the minor league teams, the potential money sitting in his pocket may be difficult to ignore.
The Twins should look to sign some proven starters to salvage the pitching rotation, and some clutch hitters to spark the struggling batting order. 2014 free agents Tim Lincecum, Matt Garza and Jason Vargas would all be huge pickups for a Twins’ starting rotation that is currently situated at the bottom of the league in nearly every statistic.
The Twins’ last big free agent acquisition, Josh Willingham who signed $21 million for three years, was the most expensive the organization has ever seen. Signing Willingham in 2012 shows that Ryan is not completely unwilling to make big deals. However, history does show that the Twins have been skeptical toward dropping large amounts of cash in the offseason.
Hopefully, this winter, Ryan and the Twins’ upper management will see the dire need for seasoned players with significant major league experience. I’d personally like to see that money on the field working to win Minnesota a World Series in the coming seasons, not sitting in the bank.
Caroline Ponessa is a Minnesota Twins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @sweetCaro_____