It is that time of year when Major League Baseball teams are pouncing on free agents to try to sway them to join their teams. The Twins have signed one player so far while seeing several pitchers join different teams. Earlier in November, the Twins signed infielder Jason Bartlett, who was a member of the Twins before being traded to Tampa Bay in 2007, to a Minor League deal with a Spring Training invite. General Manager Terry Ryan must splurge a little more before prime pitchers select new teams. Ryan and the Twins must forgo their old system and spend!
The problem with the Twins is that they are afraid to spend. They hope to form a competitive team without spending any money. That is not going to happen, sorry to say. Last off-season, the Twins spent $9 million on three starting pitchers that under-performed in 2013. The team should have spent that amount of money to sign ONE proven and healthy pitcher. The only pitcher that the Twins signed last year I was excited about was Rich Harden and he was cut before reaching the majors because of injury problems.
Several free agents that the Twins have contacted this offseason are A.J. Pierzynski, Homer Bailey, Dioner Navarro, Ricky Nolasco, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Matt Garza, and Bronson Arroyo. It would be awesome to sign some of those players. There is one problem: the Twins must start spending some cash that they have been unwilling to put out. Plus, the Twins have not offered any of these players a contract yet, even though they are willing to give Arroyo a three-year deal. Since the Twins were willing to sign manager Ron Gardenhire for two more years, I have no idea what the Twins are waiting for. Let us be hopeful that the Twins realize they are competing against other teams and they put offers out to quality players soon. What do you think about the quietness of the Twins?
Written by: Michael L. Sack