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Then fire Gardenhire.
Would getting Lee really help the Twins make it out of the first round? Is he going to pitch a shutout and knock in runs?
...it's almost mathematically impossible for payroll NOT to increase. Doesn't really tell us much.
'The Twins spent about $101 million on payroll last year, breaking their franchise record by nearly $30 million. But even if all 10 of their free agents leave (Carl Pavano, Jim Thome, etc.), their remaining players could combine to earn about $105 million next year, with several in line for big raises.'...combine that with the fact that the high priced guys can't/won't be moved...yeah, payroll HAS to go up.
headline could have been "average twins rube says twins payroll will increase"
The Twins can say just about anything and most of you will shoot bullet holes in whatever is said. Don't expect them to tell you specifics. They're not going to. They could bring in Lee and there will be the sector that disagrees. Thome could be cut loose and Konerko signed and some would like it and some would not like it. Either way I can't wait for the first game on my renewed season tickets.
They'll need to replace the free agents that leave. Just don't bring back Punto.
BaseballBob ... yeah, I related to what you're saying. Some posters are continually negative about Gardenhire, the Twins and the front office. And if anything is mentioned about the stadium, you'll see the ongoing cutting remarks from those who didn't think any kind of tax basis should have been used to fund the stadium -- blah, blah, blah. You could give some people a million dollars or pay for a stadium completely out-of-pocket, and they'd still be complaining about something about it the next day. Others are just part of the "World Series or bust" mentality, that if the Twins don't beat and Yankees and make it to the W.S., that the season was a failure. Yes, the Twins laid an egg again in the playoffs this year, but this franchise is in better shape than a few dozen other markets in MLB. They should be favored to again win the division in '11.
this story just doesn't INFORM us of anything. We want to know approximately how much the Twins are willing to increase payroll. I think we all assumed that payroll "had" to go up given the returnees to the roster. But without details on how much the payroll will increase, this piece is just filling space.
I think the point of most of these posts is that we don't understand the point of the story -- because there wasn't anything new.
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