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Jerry_Manuel
12-13-2002, 09:31 PM
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Williams also will keep a close eye on the American League Central champion Minnesota Twins. They had a payroll of $40.2 million a year. It would grow to more than $55 million if it were left intact.

The Twins saved a little money by not re-signing free-agent relievers Mike Jackson and Bob Wells. They go to the winter meetings looking to trade arbitration-eligible DH David Ortiz, who was third on the team in homers and RBIs.

Owner Carl Pohlad recently told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he's willing to allow the payroll to grow to $50 million. That means the Twins probably won't have to also deal someone like leadoff man Jacque Jones.

"We don't like the idea of the payroll going up that high and it means losing money," Pohlad said, "but it's unavoidable if we want to keep all of our good players and bring another World Series here."

RichH55
12-13-2002, 09:39 PM
Originally posted by Jerry_Manuel
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But I thought the Twins could do no wrong?!?!? Salary cutting plus not having contraction to rally against could hurt them more than people think