First and foremost, good news for Matthew Dicus Capps. He doesn't have to pitch in Washington D.C. for at least another fourteen months! Also, I have a gweat fweind in Wome named... oh, nevermind.
Good news for Wilson Ramos. He gets a virtually guaranteed big league job, and he gets to catch Steven Strasburg, which I imagine will make his postgame interviews predictable and easy.
Bad news for Jesse Crain and Jon Rauch, who almost certainly will be pitching for other teams next year. Actually, given how skilled Gardy is at putting them into good situations, maybe this is good news.
Good news for people who hate big noses. One of these times that Alexi Casilla pinch-runs for Thome will likely be his last appearance in a Twins uniform, maybe any major-league uniform. He might make $800k in arbitration, and we just can't risk that anymore.
Bad news for Ron Gardenhire, who looks to be substantially grit-deprived in 2011, as the Twins look headed for declining both Nick Punto's option and Matt Tolbert's arbitration. Gardy will undoubtedly throw a fit to get Toby on the team.
Great news for Luke Hughes, Trevor Plouffe, and Brian Dinkelman. One of these guys will likely be your starting second baseman in 2011. Another will be your utility infielder. Unless Gardy's fit actually works.
Good news for Matt Guerrier and Carl Pavano, who look headed for Type-A free agency and probably won't have to decline arbitration to get there, since the Twins can't risk them accepting. So long, draft picks.
Great news for Francisco Liriano and Delmon Young. Bill Smith has bought himself into a corner and is more or less forced to sign those two to backloaded extensions if he wants to put together a 2011 team. And I'm pretty sure their agents know that.