Twins CAN afford Garza, Nolasco, & Salty...
Nolasco signing at 12 mill per, its safe to assume it would take about 15-16 mill per year over 5 to get Garza. Salty reportedly would accept the 1st 3/30 offer he received. If the Twins signed all 3 counting Mauer, they are commiting 60 Million to 4 players over the next 3 years. That sounds like an absurd amount to have comitted to only 4 players.
How is it possible to afford that? They have another $20 million coming off the books in 2015 losing Willingham, Corriea, Burton, Doumit, & Duensing.
With the new $25M a year TV money a $100 million annual payroll isnt out of the question, that leaves 40 million to fill out the rest of the roster. Normally that would be impossible to field a competitor. What makes it very possible is the big wave of prospects & young position players the Twins have on their way. They can fill the other 17-21 roster spots with players on rookie contracts easily. I could see Arcia, Sano, Buxton & Meyer all being super 2 candidates but that is still 3 years down the road.
C Salty - 10M
1B Mauer - 23M
2B Dozier 2 years pre arb remaining - (Jorge Polanco)
SS Florimon 2 years pre arb remaining - (Danny Santana)
3B Sano 3 years pre arb remaining - (Matt Harrison)
LF Rosario 3 years pre arb remaining
CF Buxton 3 years pre arb remaining
RF Hicks 3 years pre arb remaining - (Max Kepler)
DH Arcia 2 years pre arb remaining
SP Garza - 15M
SP Nolasco - 12M
SP Deduno - 1 year pre arb remaining
SP Albers - 2 years pre arb remaining
SP Meyer - 3 years pre arb remaining
SP Gibson - 2 years pre arb remaining
SP May - 3 years pre arb remaining
BP Swarzak 2 arb years remaining
BP Fien 1 year pre arb remaining
BP Pressley 2 years pre arb remaining
BP Theilbar 2 years pre arb remaining
BP Tonkin 3 years pre arb remaining
BP Jones 3 years pre arb remaining
Being able to fill 7 of the 9 position & 7-10 pitchers with players under their rookie contracts is almost unprecedented. Having potential #1 Alex Meyer very close to being in the majors & slotting him as your #3 starter while having options galore with your 4-5 starters still under rookie contracts.
The Twins could easily have room going forward to afford a trio of Garza, Nolasco, Salty plus a stopgap LF such as Rajai Davis until Rosario takes over LF. Those signings alone instantly put the Twins in the crosshairs to compete for the division in 2014 & beyond.