Updated: October 2nd, 2013 1:31pm
Increasing payroll can help Twins, but 2013 playoff teams offer hope

Increasing payroll can help Twins, but 2013 playoff teams offer hope

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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Think the Twins can't compete because they don't spend as much money as some other MLB franchises?

Think again.

Tyler Kepner, the MLB beat writer for the New York Times, penned a piece Tuesday about the payroll of teams that made the playoffs.

As the Twins vow to spend more, but dodge the notion of spending just for the sake of spending, this note from Kepner is worth noting:  

The 2013 baseball playoffs include more teams from the bottom 10 in payrolls than the top 10.

Can spending on the right free agents help a team get to or maintain competitiveness? Definitely. But it's not a bulletproof solution.

Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said Monday that teams that try to spend their way out of mediocrity are doomed to fail.

To that point, Kepner writes:

Market size matters, but not as much as shrewd management.

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"I think it gets back to each respective organization having a different operating model," said Andrew Friedman, the Rays' general manager. "If we had a lot more in the way of resources, we wouldn't necessarily operate this same way. But it's hard to say exactly what would differ and how, because we just have a very laserlike focus on what we can control, and no focus on anything outside of that."

That's part of the point with the Twins: the ability to boost payroll to the $90 or $100 million range is an advantage they can leverage. But handing out bad contracts to the wrong players won't get them out of this morass.

Only shrewd money management and baseball decisions can do that. Right now, the Twins are hoping Ryan is the right man for that tall task.

 

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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