Twins owner Jim Pohlad says there's "no ceiling" on payroll, yet it keeps going down anyway

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Jim Pohlad (left) has high expectations for this year's team. He's just about the only one.
The 2013 campaign is the Twins' fourth in Target Field. Unfortunately, new digs didn't usher in a golden age from the team -- on the contrary, after winning the division championship in 2010, the on-field product has deteriorated to the point where you'd have a hard time finding a baseball pundit who isn't picking the Twins to finish last this year.

SEE ALSO: Twins payroll: Why in Gardy's name is it being slashed?

Coinciding with the Twins' on-field decline has been a decline in the team's payroll. In 2011, it stood at about $115 million. That number was slashed to $100 last season, and then again slashed significantly this year all the way down to about $81 million.

That's still more than the roughly $65 million the Twins spent on players during the team's last season in the Metrodome, but still -- how can fans expect the team to return to competitiveness anytime soon when ownership seems increasingly reluctant to spend money?

Despite the three-years-running payroll decline, owner Jim Pohlad recently told the Pioneer Press's Charley Walters that there "is no limit on it."

"There is no floor or no ceiling," Pohlad added. Yet during an offseason that featured a solid crop of free agent pitchers, the Twins opted to try to rebuild the starting rotation that was so dreadful last year by shopping in the bargain bin with the uninspiring signings of Kevin Correia, Mike Pelfrey, and Rich Harden.

Though he seems unwilling to put his money where his mouth is, Pohlad insists this season isn't a rebuilding year.

"We want to go to the playoffs. We definitely have the talent." But they'd have even more if they weren't paying $35 million less for players than they did two seasons ago.


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TwinsFan
TwinsFan

The Twins spent their highest ever amount on payroll in 2011 and how well did they finish? With a 63-99 record. This article is misleading in that it suggests that the shrinking payroll coincided with the Twins poor performance.

Hambone2
Hambone2

i will not be spending my money for any twins games this year if he wont spend any!

Erica
Erica

LOL at "We want to go to the playoffs. We definitely have the talent." Newsflash Tightwad, you will neither make it to the playoffs nor do you have the talent to do so. What a delusional cheap ass Jim Pohlad is.

elundmpls
elundmpls

my heart goes out to those players. some of them make a measly half a million dollars a year to hit a ball and run around.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@elundmpls Learn how the economy works stupid.  Those employees generate way more than a half million dollars in revenue for their employers.  Professional baseball players are more entertaining that anything you can do.  Don't hate because no one wants to pay a stupid boring asshole like you a half million dollars to do anything. 

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