Posted on: July 3, 2010 1:16 pm
Howie Mandel isn't the biggest impediment for a deal or no deal come trade deadline, much of the time it is a willing owner to shell out a couple extra (million) bucks.
Dollars won't get in the way for the "small market" Minnesota Twins, team president Dave St. Peter tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune 's La Velle E. Neal III .
"We think we have some flexibility," St. Peter said. "The last couple of years we have had some flexibility to try to make the team better."
He's right. Last year the Twins added Orlando Cabrera, Carl Pavano, Jon Rauch and Ron Mahay to help push the Twins into the playoffs. This year, any added payroll could push the Twins into the $100-million club. They currently stand at $97 million.
St. Peter told Neal every option -- even Cliff Lee -- would be explored.
"We feel like we are well-positioned, if we so choose, to make a move to make the team better," St. Peter said. "Ultimately, we are about trying to get better. If that means trade, if that means kids from the minor leagues, great."
The Twins lead the Tigers by one game and the White Sox by two heading into Saturday's game, and none of the three seem to be going anywhere. The American League Central could be decided by which team makes the best moves -- and it's easier to make moves when you're not afraid to open your wallet.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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