Mar 4, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton (70) runs down the first base line during a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Supplementing The Youth
In recent offseason, fans around Twins Territory have beat the proverbial payroll drum suggesting that the team wasn’t living up to the billing that a new stadium would bring massive payrolls and better teams. While great in concept, the notion lacks any understanding of the game of baseball as a whole. The Twins showed this offseason that they waited, and picked their spot, supplementing an overflowing farm system with veteran talent. Now that names like Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, and Jose Berrios will surface at the major league level, rounding out the roster with veteran contract made sense. Minnesota has spent money on pitching, where it makes the most sense, and enters the 2015 season with the second highest payroll in organization history.
All of these things taking place during the offseason add up to what should be a season of hope for the Twins in 2015. While sports books have the Twins projected at 70.5 wins in 2015, the heavy favorite is on the over, and the Twins look to be one of the surprise teams in the American League. All signs point to the losing trend coming to a halt, and the 2015 season will lay that foundation going forward.
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