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Ricky Nolasco’s 4-year, $49 million contract is the largest free-agent signing in Twins franchise history. They had to do something with baseball’s worst pitching staff three years running. (AP photo)

Ryan: Twins willing to spend money

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins, and general manager Terry Ryan, have always been hesitant to dive too deeply into the free agent pool in search of answers to the team’s problems.

Ryan would much prefer to draft and develop players, grooming them as they rise through the farm system and reach the majors at affordable price points. But after watching the worst starting pitching staff in the majors get bludgeoned for two straight years, Ryan realized it was time to spend.

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