As good as the Minnesota Twins’ GM is I doubt many look too proudly on owner Jim Pohlad. That would be because the Twins are basically unable to compete year in and year out because of financial issues. Sure they could use the Oakland Athletics as a map but then again, that plan might not be too easy to copy by just anyone. For the 2014 season there might be some hope however. Pohlad has proclaimed that he wants the team to play better next season and is willing to open up his wallet a little bit more to help that happen.
We all know that this isn’t a magic fix because he still isn’t going into the $100MM territory or anything. The Twins still will not be going after the biggest name on the market for seven or eight seasons. What they can possibly be prepared to do is give two to four year deals to less than the biggest name on the free agent market.
In other words they won’t be in the market for Tim Lincecum but don’t be surprised if they have a serious bid in on Ubaldo Jimenez, Scott Kazmir and even Ricky Nolasco. There are areas that need to be addressed all over the team but they could use a little bit of funding added with good scouting and build a team that could very well compete in 2014.
Who knows what this will look like? Obviously the team could look just as sloppy next season as they did this year but at least more payroll room could give them a chance to have a chance. They need some relief help and some offense but both of those get less stressful if they have a good setup in the five-man starting rotation.