Well, supposedly, Pohlad runs the Twins as a break-even enterprise. I haven't seen the books, but I can't say I find fault with that. The Twins have done good by themselves, and as a result have a good team, but not a great one. Gardenhire is an unstable manager without any set plans that calls out his young players in the paper and says nothing about the veterans that are stinking up the joint, and allows his old minor league roommate Scott Ulger to remain the Twins hitting coach, what with all the success the offense has had. Ryan has built the best collection of young arms in any farm system in the majors but has failed to diversify that talent pool to include a few bats. He, like Gardenhire, has a sick vetran fetish too. Like letting David Ortiz walk when it would have cost $2 million to keep him, but giving Jaun Castro $1.05 million a season for two seasons.
If the Twins had done everthing perfectly, and still failed to reach the playoffs, then I'd entertain the suggestion that they are handicapped by a $60 million owner imposed salary cap. But there is much the Twins could have done to be better and didn't.