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Twins on target to top Senators (or already have)

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:26 PM
I still think of the Twins as being the lesser part of the long history of the Washington-Minnesota franchise.   Not so. The franchi...
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Article: Does the Logan Morrison Signing Make Sense for t...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:23 PM
There are still a number of the top free agents still looking for work, and even after a busy offseason it appears the Twins are still sh...
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Article: Twins To Sign DH Logan Morrison

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:20 PM
According to Jon Morosi, the Twins have an agreement with DH/1B Logan Morrison. In 2017, he had a career year in which he hit 38 home run...
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Position player roster looking clearer. Lineups?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:18 PM
Lineups. What you think the team will do and what you would like to see them do (most of us dream on moving Dozier from leadoff) while ke...
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Article: Examining Logan Morrison’s Breakout 2017 Season

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:26 PM
Throughout this offseason, there have been rumors of the Twins searching for a veteran bat. The free agent market has been slow this year...
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How Much Is It Worth To Twins To Avoid Multi-Year Contracts?

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Jon Heymannotes the Angels are looking to trade Dan Haren and/or Ervin Santana.

Both have option years for 2013, and if their options are picked up both are fairly pricey: Haren's is for $15.5 million and Santana $13 million. Neither had fantastic years (Santana in particular, who also experienced a drop in velocity), but both have a track record of success and both are still fairly young.

If they can't trade them, everyone expects the Angels to buy both of them out (a combined cost of a little over $4 million).

So why would anyone give the Angels anything for these guys they don't want?

Because a team could offer a bag of buttons to the Angels (saving them a little cash in the process for their Greinke offer), instead of signing a pitcher in FA long term in 2012/13 and having to pay him 3 or 4 years from now. TThey'd pay steep for 2013 but then be done (if they so chose).

Almost every year, dating back to his run as GM in the early 2000s, Terry Rya has maintained that the Twins don't necessarily have an issue with the salary of free agent pitchers. Their issue is they aren't comfortable (probably justified) with the commitment in years, which of course not only add cost, but also, given pitchers can go off a cliff at the drop of a hat due to injury, a lot of risk.

Now, I have no idea what their opinion might be on Haren or Santana, but here's an opportunity, at least, to add a relatively "name" pitcher to fill in one of 4 open rotation spots, literally without any longterm commitment after next year. The Angels aren't in position to ask for anything serious in a trade, either.

The alternative for these two is things unfold as most expect and they're bought out and become free agents. But I'm fairly confident Haren would get paid on a multi-year contract. Santana? Not as sure. But a top-of-the-head comp might be Edwin Jackson (similar age, pedigree last year), who signed 1 year, $11 million. Fairly close to Santana's option.


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