There are many rumors continuing to float around the Twins this offseason. It’s been disappointing on so many levels. They traded away two popular players, have seen mediocre free agents spurn the Twins to sign for less money elsewhere, all while the Twins overpay for the guys that do agree to come to Minnesota.
Now, the Twins continue to be tied to guys like Reid Brignac and Scott Podsednik who, at this point, would just be warm bodies. The game changing free agents that Twins fans wanted back in October made it clear that they had no intention of coming to Minnesota, and all that is left are guys that would just be looking to latch on to an MLB team to keep their career going.
In the case of Minnesota, it would be signing a guy for the sake of signing a guy. The purpose, as far as I could tell, would be to say “look, we added free agents, just like we said we would!”. All it would do, in my opinion, would turn the fans even more aggressively against the front office. Look how mad we all are about Kevin Correia. Why add more fuel to the fire by spending money on another borderline guy?
It would be especially hurtful considering what Terry Ryan has done in his time with the team. While the team was near the top of the league back in 2010 before Ron Gardenhire’s misguided yearnings for more speed and a lot of bad luck began to wear the team down, the problems were compounded by a farm system practically bereft of talent. Since Ryan has taken over, however, the organization is now ranked 2nd by Keith Law’s organizational rankings. He has done well for the team, even if it won’t be reflected this year. Why burn any of the goodwill that he has left by adding someone like Podsednik?
The farm system is stocked, and one or two role players aren’t going to change anything this year. If you are just looking to patch holes, why not do it with organizational guys that will be happy to be here, rather than guys using the Twins as a fallback option and cost more money? Let’s get this rebuild started rather than making flailing grasps at the past.