Twins have some talent, just not pitching. Some pitchers will come here, it just may be a bit more expensive than before. Question is, do the Twins want to spend the money.
You have to make a splash and throw some money around and do it early and go for the multi-year contract that may be reasonable unloaded if you fail (i.e. Marlins). It has to hurt that the Royals seem more competitive and bigger spenders than the...Twins. You don't get free agents by wandering the winter meetings and saying "we would like you to come and play for us in Minnesota...here is our one year offer with a nice option for a second year. Please come back and ask us what we really would pay you if you get another offer so we can shake our heads and go 'aw, shucks, what are they thinking.....'"
True, but what is his ceiling in an absolute best case scenario? Is he really capable of being more than a below-average starter? He doesn't have a good enough glove to be a utility guy.
These are fair points, and you could probably take them a step further by looking at Dozier's career numbers. But I'll also give Dozier this - I think they Twins handled him last year about as poorly as they could, and it sure seems like a lot of that was driven by Gardenhire's mancrush on him.
It'd be nice if someone on the team showed a little rage and fire.... (I say that somewhat tongue-in-cheek).
How many drug tests did Barry Bonds fail?
I don't think that PEDs help significantly. DWade wrote a great article about this topic for SI.com several months ago.
Aaaand how many Championship rings does Barry Bonds have?
I honestly question how much performance enhancers really help. Sure some fly balls may turn into homers, but I'm not sure enough to carry the whole team to a championship.
The bad part, however, is they give aging guys an unfair advantage with regard to playing time. Young players linger in AAA or on the bench while 'roiders unnaturally prolong their playing days in a selfish attempt at immortality.
Dirty players don't do their teams any favors.