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RandBall: The Twins, Garza and TV money

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • December 11, 2013 - 9:38 AM

At the news conference to announce the Twins had signed free agent pitcher Ricky Nolasco to a four-year deal at $12 million per season, GM Terry Ryan said the move likely wouldn't have been possible if the team was still playing in the Metrodome.

We'll buy that. Revenues at Target Field are giant compared to what they were in the Dome, and the team's payroll at Target Field has generally reflected that.

But if Nolasco and the subsequent Phil Hughes signing for $8 million a season were products of that increased internal money, the Twins' pursuit of even more high-priced free agents in an attempt to shore up their pitching staff and other holes is presumably fueled by the sneaky asset all teams have in 2014: a massive increase in TV revenues.

Each team is projected to get about $25 million more in 2014 than in 2013 from national TV money.

Our guy La Velle E. Neal III reports that the Twins are looking at Matt Garza, one of the highest-priced free agents on the market. They have also made runs at A.J. Pierzynski and are looking at some other pitchers and possibly position players, too.

Thanks, TV money.

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