Josh Willingham, arguably one of the best free agent signings in all of baseball last year, didn't put pen to paper with the Twins until Dec. 15. Ryan Doumit, another excellent value snagged by Terry Ryan, signed Nov. 23.
We have not yet reached those milestones this year.
And yet, there is this: a growing sense of impatience that the Twins do SOMETHING, ANYTHING to kickstart this offseason and address all of these roster holes.
Pardon the crass analogy, but fans see the Twins as the lonely guy looking at his watch as bar close approaches. They want to see the Twins partner up, even for the short-term, with SOMEONE, ANYONE.
But relatively speaking, it's still early in the night.
And still: we have the same irrational thoughts about the Twins. We look at the Blue Jays going all-in on the Marlins' fire sale and wonder, "Why couldn't the Twins do that?" We gripe about the Twins going after Scott Baker, then we fret about losing him to the Cubs.
We want the Twins to overspend, make a splash, shake things up -- even if all these things are un-Twins-like (especially because these things are un-Twins-like) -- but we also know these types of bold, irrational moves to placate fans often wind up in disaster.
So instead, we're fighting those thoughts. We're trying to remember that there is a lot of offseason left, that the courting of free agents takes time, that trades are complicated and need to develop.
Sometimes it works, and sometimes we want to drive an SUV full of Pohlad money to Zack Greinke's doorstep, promise him he can be the best man in Joe Mauer's upcoming wedding and anything else that will get him to sign.
So if you feel the same way, you are not alone.