We all know the dance. The small-market Minnesota Twins are not going to compete with the rich boys in Major League Baseball because they only can spend a few bucks here and there. It is the same song and dance every season for these guys but it might for once be different this coming offseason. The Twins have rid themselves of a good chunk of payroll with Justin Morneau’s departure and that of a few others. It will result in reportedly about 40 million dollars for them to spend this offseason.
Go ahead and pinch yourselves but it is no dream. Unfortunately it being real life means that them having extra money doesn’t necessarily mean they will spend it. Right along with the rumors that they have millions to spend comes the idea that they are not really known to be big spenders so they might not spend big even though they have a little extra. I think it would be kind of dumb not to try for at least an underdog win in 2014 however.
How many fans know and even cheer for the Twins today because of the playoff runs in the early 1990’s? That resulted in a World Series win for this small market team that had a great effect at least for a while on the franchise. Why not go out and bring in some people to improve this team and help them compete? The Kansas City Royals are a great model for the Twins to follow. They gave up a good prospect or two but they got themselves a larger following, much more press and a winning season.
In the same way the Royals did their work, the Twins would need to work on their pitching staff. There are a few good starters coming available. It is understandable that they would not want to go for the largest name on the market but there will be a few in their spending zone I feel sure. What they will do is undetermined at this point but I hope they use the rare chance they will have next season to try and at least compete with the big boys.