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Terry Ryan Wants to Know If You Like Apples?

My, that escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast. In my post last week I advocated patience, but in many ways, I was trying to talk myself off the ledge just as much as everyone else. After all, we’ve heard the “active in free agency” song and dance from this organization before, and all the looming will-they or won’t-they questions began to become insufferable.

After a few days of inaction, the vultures began to circle around the front office. In the last several days the Twins’ have signed the two largest deals ever in the history of the franchise by signing Ricky Nolasco for four years and $48 million, along with Phil Hughes for $24 million over three years. The reactions from fans have varied from widely positive to: DRUb5

(Please see Avatar if this doesn't make sense to you. Seriously, stop reading this now. Watch it.)


Before we begin to break out the red carpet for the ticker-tape parade, it is wise to remember that these signings likely won’t bring the Twins into contention next season. However, they do represent a general shift in the way the club normally does business. Whether the organizational philosophy undergoes a similar shift remains to be seen, but these signings on their own are encouraging.

It is hard not to wonder if these moves have been made simply to placate the disgruntled fan base, but even if that is the case, there is still very little reason to dislike them.

I encourage you to read Parker Hageman’s assessment of Phil Hughes, along with the take of our very own Erik Williams.

In terms of other moves, unfortunately it is not looking good for signing Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Or A.J. Pierzynski.

However, the Twins will likely still be in the mix moving forward as there has been talk of resigning Mike Pelfreyand it is almost assured that Terry Ryan will start rummaging around for low cost players in the manner Twins fans are more accustomed to.

While the future remains uncertain, over the past several days we have seen the organization begin to crawl up out of the hole they have been languishing in over the past three seasons. There is still a lot we don’t yet know, but these moves have given many the hope that these are just the first steps down the road that will lead to the potential success the coming years could bring.

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Tags: A.J. Pierzynski Jarrod Saltalamacchia Phil Hughes Ricky Nolasco

  • Mike Garone

    Agree .. this is a , good all boy front office ,,including Gardy!! someone said from the twins brain-trust ..when they brought gardy back … Gardy” didn’t forget how to manage” .. so why move him .. tells you all you need to know.. the level of arrogance is mind bending .. Look, from my understanding the owners are very close with Gardy so , Ryan , Smith , St P .. want those paychecks and go with the flow ..its great when the owner calls the shots you act like a GM .. bring in some pitching help .. maybe play 500 ball .. fill the seats and sell beer .. Midwest fans will be fine … I would prefer the Calvin Griffith .. at least he told you the truth ..As far as signings ..looks like smoke and mirrors.. its a shame how the ORg has lost the way .. which made you proud to be a Twin fan…