Rand: Best free-agency path? Go the Twins way

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  • Updated: February 12, 2014 - 12:39 AM

NFL free agency begins in almost exactly a month, and we will not pretend to tell you exactly which players or even which positions the Vikings should be targeting. Let’s leave that to the football experts.

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johnnygringoFeb. 11, 1411:14 PM

yes the Twins way ...Ownership will pocket over 90 Million while there team loses 90+ games

daytonsajokeFeb. 11, 1411:37 PM

I am sick and tired of Mn sports teams coming up short and not going after top talent. Look at all the newer teams who have won WS titles since we won our last title. Toronto twice, Florida twice, Arizona once. Also large payrolls are a virtual necessity for competing for titles. The Twins will never again compete for a WS title until they spend money on their weak points. AZ is spending 104 million this year to try to win. What are the Poorlahds doing? Putting more money in their pockets from TV deal. And the local media keeps protecting them because if they are critical they lose access to the players/team thus endangering their own jobs.

yourwelcomeFeb. 12, 14 6:32 AM

Until the sheep stop buying tickets and the $8 beers etc why should the Twins spend more money than they have too?

nikkandbillFeb. 12, 14 7:21 AM

yourwelcome: This is the surest way to correct all sports from Professional down to mites in hockey. Fans/parents perpetuate this cycle of increased spending, higher salaries and even higher costs to us as fans. Parents see this as an easy way out for their child. So they drive them to be the next Tiger Woods, A.P. or Ryan Sutter. STOP BUYING TICKETS, MERCHANDISE!

everydaypeFeb. 12, 14 7:55 AM

In theory I have no issue with the Twins not spending a ton this year if the right guys weren't available. I do like the upgrades and with all journeys it begins with the first step. I think the Twins have taken that first step. However I have zero trust in the Twins ownership. They will pocket this money and it won't come back to the team in any way in the future. Pocket the 25 million and with the extra 25 million next year and every year after put that to an ace pitcher. Without one we are going no where. Sano and Buxton promise hope, pitching and D still win championships. Get that stopper and that one guy that can go out and shut down the opposing team. The Tigers are a great example of the way to win in the MLB these days.

wabeneFeb. 12, 14 8:47 AM

One thing no one talks about with the NFL is when a team finishes in last place it gets an easy schedule and when they finish well a hard one. That is why so many teams go from worst to first and why the Vikes could be in the playoffs this year. Makes me really respect teams like the Pats who do it every year. The Twins have had a good off season so far, but could still use a bat. They are not winning any titles this years but should be at least watchable. Will be fun to watch the prospects develop. The complaint I have with them is yes they were more agresive this year, but why didn't they start with this approach two years ago? Maybe the Pohlads are cheap. They are bankers after all.

puckno34Feb. 12, 1410:53 AM

@wabene - I'd say the Twins did start that approach two years ago which is when Ryan took back over GM duties after Bill Smith went for broke - and made the team broke. If we were just 1-2 players away from being a World Series contender, I believe they would pay the big free agent money to acquire them. While Buxton and Sano will be big parts of a future resurgence, without 3-4 top tier starting pitchers, we won't be in the World Series and those cannot be found on the free agent market. Maybe one if you want to commit massive money like the Mets did with Santana.

kindaliberalFeb. 12, 1411:18 AM

Yippee, giving up another year where we aren't trying to win? In other cities no one would come if their team didn't try to win. The TWINS apologists, like Rand, will always say, wait until next year.

kindaliberalFeb. 12, 1411:22 AM

puckno34Feb. 12, 1410:53 AM "If we were just 1-2 players away from being a World Series contender, I believe they would pay the big free agent money to acquire them."---Why would you believe that? They have never done it before.

cjj0017Feb. 12, 1411:58 AM

Minnesota sports...just wait until next year


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