The Twins are entering a new era of baseball in Minnesota. Gone are the days of trying to cut payroll to make the next year's budget. The Twins have spent enough money this off-season to push them from a small market team to the upper edge of the highest payrolls in baseball. The team has also taken on a new strategy in relation to long-term contracts. In the past week or so the Twins have locked up some of their young talent to long-term deals. Most notably would be Denard Span and Nick Blackburn (Span signing shows Twins willing to make bold moves). This is also a paradigm shift from the way that former GM Terry Ryan ran the Twins ship (Being in a ballpark is Ryan's chosen spot).
Bill Smith, the current GM of the Twins, has brought the Twins to a momentous turning point in the franchise. The Twins have had the successful formula for being a small market team that can compete with the big market squads. The Twins front office is trying out a new formula now and this change could lead to positives or negatives for the future Twins. There are many questions left to be answered.
~What will happen if this new formula doesn't work?
~Are these long-term contracts for young players a good idea?
~Should the focus still be on the Twins farm system and their ability to build players?
~Should the Twins focus more on free agents and signing the players that are already part of the team?
~Will all of these questions be answered? Only time will tell...