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Do the Twins have a potential winner here?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:05 PM
OK...less than 30 days until the start of Spring Training. In the great scheme of things, we know nothing of what will ultimately transpi...
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Chris Parmelee signs with the Orioles

MLB Baseball Today, 05:49 PM
Former Minnesota Twin OF/1B Chris Parmelee has signed a minor league deal with the Orioles.   I had a feeling this was going to happ...
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Another Twins Prospect at Work

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:45 PM
Hard work may pay off this year.Click Youtube link at bottom right of the clip for full screen video and audio version.
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Proposed New Designated Hitter Rule for Both Leagues

MLB Baseball Today, 05:42 PM
The designated hitter rule should be in both leagues, with some major changes: Each team, on a pregame line-up card, DESIGNATES one playe...
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Article: One Man's Opinion: Tovar Snubbed Again

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:35 PM
On Friday, Twins President Dave St. Peter announced that no players will be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in 2015. It is the first...
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Rock Versus Hard Place

Attached Image: Dempster_Ryan_600-321.jpg One of the more interesting times in every offseason is when the rhetoric goes away and the choices become, often painfully, clear. Rock, meet Hard Place.

The Hard Place is where the Twins are: fronting a rotation with Scott Diamond next year. Diamond, by Twins general manager Terry Ryan’s own analysis, is a #3 starter. He’s clearly scouring the winter meetings for upgrades. But like Charlie Brown at Halloween, all he’s getting is a whole lot of Rock.

[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK] Here are the available pitchers who could be considered an upgrade over Scott Diamond. (FYI – These guys are all profiled in the TwinsCentric ffseason Handbook.) Tell me which one you think the Twins should go after.




Each of these guys (with the possible exception of Haren or maybe McCarthy) is pushing for (and probably likely to get) $13-$15M per year. Also, each is looking for a deal at least one year longer than any fiscally sane club would want to give them.

Thus, this is the “interesting” time, or, if you prefer, “hellish.” It’s looking more and more like teams are going to need to pay to play. We can look at a 5-year/$65M deal for Jackson or a 3-year/$33 million deal for McCarthy and say that’s “crazy,” and we’re probably right.

But we can’t do that and then rip Ryan for not upgrading the rotation, or settling for names like Brett Myers, Kevin Correia, Joe Blanton or John Lannan. This is the way free agency works. The vast majority are overpaid. It is the nature of the system. When a player signs with the one team that offers him the most money, instead of the 29 that think that much money is too much, odds are that is too much.

We can rip the Twins for putting themselves into this position – this is why minor league development is so important – but that ship has sailed. If we want to focus on the problem at hand, the choices seem to be overpay or settle. Rock or Hard Place.

Which way are you going to go?
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