The Minnesota Twins are looking to erase the bad taste in their mouth. After a 99 loss season, the Twins had to make several changes to their roster. Many people had thought that Bill Smith would be assuming the controls as the Twins dive into free agency head-first, but Jim Pohlad had other ideas as he fired Smith and brought back Terry Ryan as the new interim general manager.
Ryan was the architect of the Twins teams in the early 2000's that made it on grit and determination. They had a mean streak to them on the field and financial savvy off the field. Most of those teams ranked in the bottom third of payroll in baseball but always competed for the American League Central division title.
In his second stint, Ryan will have more financial assets to work with. The biggest reason for this is the opening of Target Field. The 2 year-old ballpark continues to pour in amounts of revenue the franchise has never seen before. However, Ryan will be in charge of using these assets with more responsibility than his predecessor.
Ryan also has to find ways to plug several holes in the current Twins roster. That includes shoring up a below average defense, pitching rotation, and adding major league players to provide depth in case of injuries. This is where the Twins adventure into free agency starts.
There are 15 potential targets that the Twins could look at in free agency. I have ranked those prospective targets in terms of talent, ways they can help the Twins and the importance of signing the player.