Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 reported on Thursday that Twins executive vice president and GM Terry Ryan won’t have any restrictions from CEO Jim Pohlad this offseason.
The Twins boosted their Opening Day payroll from $85 million in 2014 to $108 million this past season and wound up winning 13 more games. Of course, their success had more to do with their burgeoning young talent, particularly Miguel Sano, who posted a .916 OPS in 335 plate appearances.
Adding a few free agents to bolster the roster, however, could be what allows the Twins to challenge the Royals’ AL Central supremacy. By record, the Twins were the second-best team in the division, finishing higher than fourth for the first time since 2010.