Why have the Twins been dumping so much salary and players the last couple years?
The Twins were the powerhouse of the Central from 00'-10' which included 6 first place finishes. The payroll that year was 114mil, the highest in the central. Since that season everything has gone down hill. We have cut 42mil in payroll including Cuddyer, Kubel, Revere, Span, Nathan.... The Twins are know for dumping players when its time to pay them but not so many so quick. So why the salary dumping and player dumping? Is it because the owner died? New stadium?
Yea the Twins salary was higher in 2011 and they only won 60 games but Mauer, Morneau, Thome and Span only played half the season and Kubel only played 99 games and Revere only played 117 games so as you can see that season was a mess with injuries and other random stuff. That is the season they got rid of Cuddyer, Kubel, Thome, Nathan and a couple others. And it showed the next season when they only won 60 games again. They they followed that up with getting rid of Span and Revere the next year.
Now we have the worst team we have had in a long time, and the lowest payroll in the division. Just think of how much better we would be with some of these players Cuddyer, Nathan, Span, Revere, Kubel, Hunter.... And a top of the roto pitcher or 2 from FA. I mean our team has done nothing for us in the last couple years, they have let all of our good players go and got nobody to replace them. Its truly sad to see our franchise hurting this bad.
Now the Twins have alot of light at the end of the tunnel. We have a few top of the line prospects that could turn us into a really good team in the next several years. Sano and Buxton have the potential to be some of the leagues best players, especialy Buxton. Meyer and Gibson are top of the roto guys that will give the twins some real talent in the rotation. Theres other good prospects too but those 4 could make or break us in the future. We also have the 4th overall pick in this years draft. It would be nice if we had a top 2 so we could grab Appel or Gray. But as you can see we do have a bright future.
Which brings me to my last comment. We have seen the Twins ship out our best players for years now. When will they spend some extra money to keep our team together and build depth? I really hope that when some of our prospects become all stars and it comes time to re sign them that we keep all of them. Lets stop this trend of being the team that builds great players then ships them out.