I couldnt help but lol at that one. haha.
The same "see no evil" crowd that finds excuses for why the Twins couldn't, or shouldn't, improve their team this winter, is drinking some strong kool-aid when they proclaim the team is "building for a run in 2014/15."
If you're planning on making a run based on players currently at A and AA levels, particularly pitching (of which there's no abundance, even with the minor league additions this winter), you better lengthen your timeline by a few years, at best.
It's why personally, I hate "playing for the future," and why improving your team now, immediately, is pretty much always the way to go. The old bird in the hand adage and all.
Besides which, as has been repeatedly pointed out by several posters here--and ignored by the rest--there is no reason signing a pitcher to a 4 or 5 year contract now would negatively impact the team in 2015, or 2016, when all these minimum wage all-stars are populating the roster, no matter how poorly he performs. And he might just still be an asset.
"I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus"
I don't doubt that they were resigned because they were valuable. But I also have no doubt that every short-term deal is negotiated with full knowledge on both sides of the table that a trade is significantly more likely because of the contract length. Again, this isn't that radical or difficult.
I don't think mine is a controversial position at all. I'm not bad-mouthing Ryan's abilities or calling for his head. I'm not calling the offseason a failure. I'm merely suggesting that what Ryan said pre-offseason is not merely fodder for naive souls who wish to believe the best. Many die-hard Twins fans believed his words were a genuine attempt to communicate expectations. His feet should be held to that fire, whatever reason there may be for the failure to live up to them.
One statement is viable to you that he made at the start of the process in regards to signing players. The statement that Ryan made "Sometimes you can't give money away" means absolutely nothing to you. Why would you make a statement like that? Is it a statement of frustration? Is it a bald face lie? It is not a black and white statement but it clearly should reflect something happened in the process of negotiations with players and agents. I could speculate that he offered someone like Guthrie, Blanton or McCarthy more money than they got elsewhere. I hope he wasn't talking about Feldman. After that statement in regards to not being able to give away money is when they went bargain shopping.
It is hard to have hope after the last two seasons. I guess I would rather have hope dashed once again than just being miserable from the start.
None of us have enough information to accurately evaluate Ryan's performance. We will never know about all of the offers that may (or may not) have been made. But the low payroll bothers me. If the Twins spend more later in the year, I will feel like they are being fairer to the fans in terms of their commitment to giving us a quality product.
If a concerted effort had been there, chances are we would have heard something, anything.
Media members such as Darrin Wolfson, have stated that the Twins have made very few Free Agent offers.
Personally, I don't need to factor in all the speculation offered up as "plausible reasons" for Ryan's miserable failure of an offseason.
Results count. I'll judge by those.
-If we have a season like 2010, no need to 'waste money' because we won 94 games and ran away with the division. Those guys are surely good enough to repeat, no need to worry about improving a good club. Injuries NEVER happen.
-If we have seasons like we've had the last two, well, no one wants to come here, so we can't give the money away. You can't pay good players to come here cause we're so bad.
-Before that, it was bad revenue from the Metrodome.
Wha will be the excuse when we finish with a winning record in 2-3 three years and it turns out we STILL don't go get quality FAs to help?
The defenders have their bases covered...just insert new excuse...