But even if he had said something stronger, I still wouldn't have believed it because I think that while players all say they want to sign with a winner, they don't. And had he said that, it would be a 180 degree reverse from 3 months ago, when his agent asked the Twins for an extension.
I'll just add to clarifications:
1) I don't think money and years is the only factor. Given two situations that are close, I can see ballplayers deciding to go with the team they think has a better chance to win, or the team their friends are on.
2) Players shouldn't be demonized for taking the money. If a team wants to show its committed to a player, they need to pay him. If they don't, it's likely just BS. I don't blame players for taking the team with incrementally more money or an extra guaranteed year, because if that team likes him enough to offer the most, they're probably the team that wants him the most.
It feels like the subtext here is: "the Twins have a harder time signing FAs then other teams." That might be true, but it isn't substantially harder. I really doubt Joe Saunders had a $7.5M dollar offer from the Twins that he turned down for a $6.5M offer from the Mariners. He might have had a $6.5M offer that he turned down.
And I think it's really unlikely that the Twins offered extra money to any of the guys who ended up being more expensive.