05-16-2012, 10:31 PM
When spring training opened up in late February, I posted an article called Twins Two-Way Planning
in which I said that the Twins 2011 roster was probably built perfectly to go one of two directions. In essence, if things went poorly, they had enough one-year, veteran contracts of guys that other teams might have interest in at the trade deadline. The Twins could get prospects to help push forward the rebuilding process.
However, the other scenario was, “IF seven or eight of the factors listed above are going positively, AND the Twins are getting positive performances from their minor leaguers and these new players, AND the team is in contention in mid-July, THEN they will have plenty of payroll flexibility to add a significant piece or two at the deadline, if they choose.”
So, what were the “factors listed above” and how are the Twins doing in those categories… you know, since they barely have double-digit wins on the season.