Monday, November 7, 2011

Change For Twins: Bill Smith replaced by Terry Ryan as GM

Out with the old and in with the...older?

According to multiple sources, Minnesota Twins GM, Bill Smith, has been replaced by Terry Ryan on an interim basis as the new Twins GM.  This move came out of the blue but it was obvious after last season, something needed to change in the Twins upper management.  Could it have been Bill Smith’s decision to trade JJ Hardy without getting a MLB ready short stop in return?  Could it have been his decision to go out on a limb and acquire Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who before this past season with the Twins, had no MLB experience?

Certainly under Terry Ryan from 1994 through 2007 the Twins had success, but he isn't known as a big deal maker, so you wonder how much change will really happen.  Also even after stepping down in 2007, Ryan was a "special advisor" to Bill Smith, so to say that the mindset it going to completely change and all the moves Bill Smith made were moves Ryan wouldn't have, would be incorrect.  Yet, the Twins have some money to play with this offseason and certainly have enough spots on the roster that either need to or could be changed for Ryan to once again put his stamp on the franchise.  It will be interesting to see Ryan work with a bigger payroll than what he was used to in his previous run as full time GM with the team. 

Tell us what you think of the move?  Just PR?  Or an actual change in direction?

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