Souhan: New depth helps Twins avoid those desperate deals

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 27, 2014 - 6:36 AM

Fort Myers, Fla. – Over the past 30 years, the Twins have enjoyed two runs of success that made them an envied franchise, and two runs of failure that have cost them fans, credibility and, in terms of contraction, nearly the right to exist.

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sidhartmannFeb. 26, 1410:45 PM

Souhan, we are still waiting for your article which holds Pohlad accountable. Is it coming?

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comment229Feb. 27, 14 4:56 AM

I am optimistic. You have to be to be a MN Twins fan, at least at the start of the season. But not much has changed here now, and in the past decade. Simply, the Twins keep trying to sign journeyman players and pitchers that other teams know won't produce on a consistent basis and there is nothing wrong with that, if there are only a few players on your roster that fit this description. But that is never the case with the Twins and the optimism turns to pessimism about 20 games into the season as they falter again and again, and blame pitching, defense, and a lack of offense... now known, as the Twins' trifecta of excuses. Did I mention I was optimistic again?

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comment229Feb. 27, 14 4:59 AM

The only question I have this year, is if the fans will stop coming to the games earlier in the season instead of hoping for a mid to late season turn around that never comes. The only way this organization is going to change, is if it finally hits rock bottom, again.... and if/when that happens this season, I hope the fans realize what they are doing by promoting this business model that the Pohlads seem to be enjoying.

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Willy53Feb. 27, 14 6:02 AM

Depressing, especially going through the rotation. This team has nothing. Are we going to improve by adding Jason Kubel and Santana now? The owners won't pay the price to have a big league team. This collection of just above minor league talent is due for a minimum of 90 losses. The public paid the price for a new stadium, Pohlads got the revenue and fans got the shaft.

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equal4all55Feb. 27, 14 7:21 AM

I think TR has done an excellent job of bridging the gap until Meyer, Mays, Sano, Buxton, Rosario and a few others are ready to make the jump to the majors, either this summer or next. The Twins are now spending some money and it appears that they will spend some more before the season starts. I am optimistic!

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brianmomanFeb. 27, 14 7:26 AM

The funny thing is Bill Smith is still employed by the Twins???

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callsaulFeb. 27, 14 7:43 AM

Thanks for reminding me how stupid TR ans BS are! The people of Baltimore better be happy they have a quality guy like Andy running the show for them. I know I'll be watching more Orioles games this season than Twins games. SAD

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BobK898Feb. 27, 14 8:21 AM

Trader Bill Smith, amazing he held that GM job for so long. He would be perfect for a government position where performance doesn't matter.

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huntthewestFeb. 27, 14 8:26 AM

I have no problem with the Twins losing big for a few years. It allows them to draft high and restock the minors with top end talent, such as Buxton. He's now the #1 prospect in baseball, compared by some to be the next Mike Trout and/or Bryce Harper. Trading some valuable players for young talent makes sense too. They were able to acquire Meyer and Mays for 2 average CF's. The Twins minor leagues are stocked with talent now and that should translate to more winning in the next few years. The Twins are not going to win 90+ games every year.

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mnhockeyguyFeb. 27, 14 8:45 AM

How many playoff series have teams that TR put together won? Lets call a spade a spade here Souhan. TR's teams have NEVER been competitive in the post season! It wont matter if Sano becomes MVP and Meyer becomes an ace, because TR will sit on his hands at that time and not do anything to bolster the team for a long playoff run, just like he's done at every trade deadline when he's had a decent team. See the years when Mauer, Morneau and Santana were in their primes for proof.

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