By La Velle
Twins CEO Jim Pohlad (he prefers that term instead of OWNER) on Friday didn’t rule out the possibility of the Twins making a noteworthy move before the regular season began.
“We’re not done. The season hasn’t started yet,” Pohlad said. “Frequently, transactions do occur during spring training so it still could happen. There’s nothing from us that’s saying, `We’re done. Go into the season and keep you fingers crossed.’ ”
Pohlad met with writers for nearly one hour on the 46th floor of their offices at 33 S. 6th St. – the building that overlooks Target Field – in what’s expected to be an annual pre-spring training state of the Twins discussion. The session touched on a variety of subjects, including why the Twins have had such a quiet offseason.
But Pohlad revealed the fan in him when asked if signing free agent third baseman Joe Crede made sense.
“It does to me,” he said, drawing some chuckles.
Pohlad did point out that Crede’s health must be monitored, and Twins president Dave St. Peter, who also was at the meeting, jumped in to add, “It’s a process.”
The Twins are still trying to upgrade at third base and late-inning relief. While Pohlad admitted he’ll approach the front office about adding certain players, he leaves the final decisions to his baseball people. That’s the approach his late father, Carl, took and he doesn’t plan to be different.
“Transactions, I get excited about transactions,” Pohlad said. “I get excited when the Vikings do a transaction, the Wolves or the Wild. You like that kind of stuff from a fan standpoint. So we don’t discourage that. Are we going to go out and say since I like that as a fan, go do it? I don’t think so if it’s not in the best interests of the team.”
While there’s money available to add players, Pohlad pointed out that the payroll will increase significantly after 2009 because several players will be up for arbitration.
The session ended just over an hour ago, but we wanted to give you a little taste of what went on. Check www.startribune.com this evening and the print edition tomorrow for Joe Christensen’s complete report.