Official Twins Winter Meetings Day 3 Thread
Image courtesy of Orlando Ramirez, USA TodayA little after 11:00 central time, news broke that Gerrit Cole had agreed to a nine-year, $324 million contract.
Yes, that is not a typo. Nine years. At $36 million per season... For a total of $324 million.
Not a bad payday.
Now the Twins were never really involved in Cole talks. Sure, they have been in regular contact with Cole's agent, Scott Boras. However, those conversations likely had more to do with Hyun-Jin Ryu or other Boras clients.
However, not long before the Cole announcement, we saw this tweet from Jon Heyman:
Hurdle #1: Location... Read that as Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. We are where we are. Not much we can do about that.
Hurdle #2: League... Bumgarner wants to hit. That's why he wants to stay in the National League. And frankly, good for him to want to participate in all aspects of the game. Again, the Twins can't really do anything about that one either.
However, less than 90 minutes later, the Cole news brought:
Hurdle #3: Gerrit Cole signs with the Yankees. Not the Angels. Not the Dodgers. So there is news such as this from Ken Rosenthal.
The Dodgers will be willing to overpay. The Dodgers are in Los Angeles. So, the Bumgarner rumors were fun while they lasted, right? Oh, and they're in the National League.
However, if you're looking for a little consolation, here is a more positive tweet for Twins fans:
Hyun-Jin Ryu is really good, just as good as Bumgarner, just a couple of years older. Could he be the Twins target if Bumgarner goes elsewhere? Or as we mentioned yesterday, could the Twins shift their attention toward Dallas Keuchel?
White Sox Make Another Move
The White Sox have been active this offseason, having added catcher Yasmani Grandal and offering a lot of money for Zack Wheeler.
Moments after the Cole news broke, news came from Rangers beat writer Evan Grant that right fielder Nomar Mazara had been acquired in a trade with the Rangers.
Mazara hit .268 with 19 homers in 2019 for the Rangers. But the reason that he is intriguing is because he is still just 24 years old. Add him to the crop of very young hitters and pitchers that could help the White Sox compete in the AL Central very soon.
Twins Killer Didi Gregorius signed a one-year deal with the Phillies. He will be reunited with manager Joe Girardi. After missing the first half of 2019 due to Tommy John surgery and struggling some in the second half, Gregorius will hope to have a big season and cash in next offseason.
Last week, I wrote about Kevin Gausman potentially being a buy-low option for the Twins after being DFAd by the Reds. On Tuesday he signed a one year, $9 million contract with the San Francisco Giants with another $1 million available in incentives.
Next up on my list of potential buy-low options would be Julio Teheran, formerly of the Atlanta Braves.
Twins Looking at Trade Targets
While Bumgarner, Ryu and Keuchel are all still available, and the Twins are interested in all three, if they are unable to convince any of them to take their money, they are also making calls to teams about young pitchers.
We've been hearing Tigers LHP Matt Boyd's name for awhile now, but the Twins also have talked to the Marlins about one of their talented young starters.
Baldelli Speaks to Media
Rocco Baldelli met with media at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday night, and you can watch and listen here.
Cruz Named First Team
Nelson Cruz received another honor on Tuesday. He was named First-Team DH on the inaugural All-MLB Team.
Rogers Goes (to the) Wild (game)
Taylor Rogers was at the XCel Energy Center for the Wild game tonight. He was there in support of the Rogers Family Foundation for the mental health of St. Paul Firefighters.
He (and Devin Smeltzer) joined Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau earlier in the day at the Gillette Children's hospital for a visit with the kids.
What will Day 3 at the Winter Meetings bring? The two big pitchers got their paydays. Now that second tier or Bumgarner, Ryu and Keuchel is next. Anthony Rendon is the top free agent overall, but Josh Donaldson is going to get paid too. Will there be any more trades? And will the Twins be involved in any of the transactions?
Stop by and add your thoughts on any rumors below.
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