So long Joe Nathan! My heart is broken…
And…um…who’s going to close games? We don’t exactly have a wicked, unhittable set-up man waiting in the wings.
I am officially worried about 2012.
IF the Twins had been allowed to at least maintain their payroll at last year’s level, then paying a closer $7 million would have been OK (though I still maintain that Nathan didn’t really want to stay in Minnesota).
And, lisa, unless Terry Ryan does something impressive to improve the middle relief and starting pitching situation, I don’t think it will matter all that much who the closer is because the Twins won’t have enough leads heading in to the 9th to worry about it.
Being worried about 2012 is just showing good sense.
*sniff* no more Twitchy…
Yikes! Nathan got twice as much as I thought he would get. Plus an option year. There was “no way” Jimmy “Carl” Pohlad was gonna spring for that kind of money. As I have said, Jimmy “Carl” Pohlad is going to pack as much money into the saddlebags as he can. Average attendence in 2012 will be 35,000. In 2013 it will be 30,000. In 2014 it will be 25,000. The goal now is sell a beer for $10.00.
Gotta love the possitiveness over here
Fact is that, like Hunter, Nathan did not allow the Twins to match that order. Not on the Twins. On Nathan. The Twins already paid him $2M for the 2012 season (with the option buy-out.) At this point, the team has better things to do with $14.5M than give a 37 year old closer a 2-year contract. The post-season is still young, lots of things have happened and the 3 moves that Ryan has made already (Doumit, Carroll, Plouffe to OF) are possitive.
Let’s see where the bandwagon goes first, before you jump off it 😉