(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer The Minnesota Twins obviously haven't let a 99-loss season push them toward rebuilding mode.
Considering the signings of role-playing veteran free agents Jamey Carroll and Ryan Doumit, the retention of closer Matt Capps and the pursuit of outfielder of Michael Cuddyer, general manager Terry Ryan and the rest of the organization clearly haven't given up on returning to playoff contention in 2012.
These moves didn't energize the fan base or sell extra season tickets. This plan is simply a reflection of the club's belief that the 2010 version of the Twins was more realistic than the 2011 squad.
''Well, you can't change the world. But we're a pretty good baseball team a couple of years ago,'' manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters in Dallas this week at baseball's winter meetings. ''Even coming out of spring training, it just kind of went `kapooey' with injuries. I think if we get our players back on the field you'll have a pret...