The Twins spent about $101MM on payroll in their first season at Target Field. Now that Joe Mauer's $184MM extension is about to kick in, the team will likely be even more expensive in 2011. Here are the details on Minnesota's offseason plans:
- Team president David St. Peter says "the payroll is going to go up," according to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
- Christensen reported earlier in the week that the Twins made a bid on Hisashi Iwakuma, who ultimately went to the A's.
- The bid shows that the Twins have interest in adding a starter to a group of rotation candidates that includes Scott Baker, Francisco Liriano, Brian Duensing, Nick Blackburn and Kevin Slowey. It also suggests the team is preparing for the possibility that Carl Pavano will sign elsewhere.