What's wrong in today's Free agent market is that teams pay a player (Josh Hamilton) for their 20's but get there 30's.Which is usually worse.
I happen to agree with this model as choosing which young players to invest in from your own organization would inevitably have to be more efficient than the free agent market. It didn't work out so well with Blackburn, but plenty of people (rightfully) argued immediately after the signing that he wasn't the right kind of target.
So Rizzo is 23, but has spent 2+ years beating up AAA pitching? Any idea why he wasn't called up sooner?
I think the Salvador Perez might be a better comp for Arcia, though I would tack on a couple more options.
I think it's an interesting thing to consider... I've referenced the Evan Longoria and Matt Moore deals. This one is a little more risky, I think. The TWins have definitely shown a willingness to by who some arbitration and free agent years. They did that with Hunter, Santana, Mauer, Morneau, Span, Blackburn, etc.
I've referenced it relative to Oswaldo Arcia. I just think it's important to get players through at 31, maybe 32. After that, it's probably even more risky to sign free agents than signing them early.
Callaspo had a brush or two with the law IIRC. Besides that, though, he could supply a little pressure to Plouffe since 3B seems to be his best defensive position and he is a switch hitter, much better as a lefty again IIRC.
Twins may look here for a cheap 1 year option with the Angels picking up most of the tab.
Yeah, of the position players the Angels want to move, an infielder isn't one of them. They have a serious outfield surplus with the addition of OF Josh Hamilton, and I can see them trading at least one or two players.