Minnesota Twins Should Be Put on Notice After Minnesota Wild's Spending Spree

Chris Schad@@crishadContributor IIIJuly 5, 2012

Twins owner Jim Pohlad. (Photo courtesy of MPR)
Twins owner Jim Pohlad. (Photo courtesy of MPR)

Out of the four major sports in Minnesota, the Minnesota Twins have been the cheapest franchise of them all. From the team's beginning when Calvin Griffith wouldn't pay anybody to Carl and Jim Pohlad's death grip on the team's purse strings, the Twins have not been known to spend much money on acquiring talent.

Granted, the Twins have made strides in the past couple of seasons, but with a ballpark that is still bringing in all sorts of cash and a team that could use several pieces to be added in this season's free agency market to try to keep this team competitive, the Pohlads must step up and invest in their team.

That's because across the river in St. Paul, Minnesotans got a glimpse of what a real sports owner looks like.

Craig Leipold, the owner of the Minnesota Wild, just made a major investment by signing Ryan Suter and Zach Parise for a combined $196 million over the next 13 years. Since buying the team in 2008, Leipold has made strides to make his team better and has not let money become an issue.

Hey, Mr. Pohlad. Are you paying attention here? Target Field is allowing you to swim in dollar bills, and yet you still want to cut payroll every winter despite that two of your players make up roughly half of it.

The Pohlads need to look around and realize that they're not the hottest ticket in town anymore. Target Field is still one of the best ballparks in baseball, but once people have seen it a couple of times, they'll turn their attention back to the product on the field, and that's where the Twins are struggling.

I'm not sitting here saying that the Pohlads should go get Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke, but it's not unreasonable for the Twins to go spend some money on a pitcher who could last more than five innings in a given start.

With the other teams catching up to the speed that the Twins had when Target Field opened in 2010, the team needs to do all it can to remind fans that they want to win a championship. Hopefully, this will serve as a wake-up call.