MINNEAPOLIS When Terry Ryan took over for Bill Smith as the Minnesota Twins' interim general manager Monday, he knew he had his work cut out for him. The Twins finished the 2011 season with their worst record since 1982 and were last in the American League Central for the first time since 2000.
Injuries doomed Minnesota in 2011, and now the Twins are faced with several big offseason decisions. Ryan has sat in the general manager's chair before, as he was Minnesota's GM from 1994-2007 before retiring and recommending Smith for the job. But many challenges await Ryan as he returns to his old post. Here's what he had to say about the tough road ahead in an exclusive interview with FOX Sports North.
FSN: What are some of the biggest challenges you think you'll face as general manager?
RYAN: We lost 99 games last year, and that puts us 32 games out. That's a long haul here. We had a lot of things happen last year that contributed to that. Some of them are very correctable. Some of the...