07-04-2012, 09:28 PM #1
Article: What Would A Francisco Liriano Contract Extension Look Like?
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07-04-2012, 10:55 PM #2
One additional point i wish I would have added. This range also makes it difficult to know if Twins could/should offer Liriano a $12.5 one-year offer to get a draft pick if he signs elsewhere. Liriano might take it, or he might not. If he does take it, it would mean paying a premium for a pitcher when the market is likely to be flooded, which would almost certainly be a mistake.
07-04-2012, 11:54 PM #3
I dunno. At this point I'd have no problem with offering the $12.5 M regardless of how the market sorts out. Clearly it can't be the only money they spend on pitching, but they'll have payroll beyond that and Liriano isn't a terrible gamble at that price.
07-05-2012, 09:21 AM #4
I'm not sure what they should do with Liriano. I mean, he's been here so long, we shouldn't still be hoping that he gets it together but it sure is tempting. I wouldn't sign Liriano, but I wouldn't blame the FO if they decided to do it based on a handful of summer starts.
It's a pipe dream, but I really hope the Twins go after Sanchez this offseason.
07-05-2012, 09:37 AM #5
Three options for Liriano with the future in mind.
1- Trade and get something.
2- Offer 12.4 million/1 year this winter and he either signs or we get two comp picks if he leaves hoping for multiple years
3- Sign to multiyear now
I am not sure our expectations can be that great in a trade. The other team will get 13-16 starts with the likelihood of losing him in the winter. They can not get compensation for losing him. Can we convince Brian Sabean that the Giants need Liriano back? If the Twins can get a deal for two middling prospects it would be similar to getting two comp picks.
As for the multiyear, we will probably have to overpay to convince Liriano to give up his free agent rights. John's suggested offer may not be enough. On the other hand, Doumit gave up his free agent rights when given the second year he couldn't get last winter. The money was fair. The Twins take on the injury risk. Maybe Liriano will do the same for three years if the money is fair.
The other option is do nothing. That can't happen. The Twins need to decide now if they will make a qualifying offer. If not, they need to trade him for whatever they can get.
07-05-2012, 09:47 AM #6
Liriano is a really hard call. You just don't know what his performance is going to be the next few years, and it seems likely it will be "inconsistent".
I don't like the idea of making the $12.3M arbitration tender, because I think Liriano would probably take it and no one else would come near those dollars for him. $12M for a guy who might be great, could completely stink, and will probably spend another year being really frustrating? Yikes. Especially as it probably takes the team out of the market for one of the top starters.
Right now, I think it's sign a 3-year deal or deal him. No higher than John's $27M package, but I'd hope we might get him in under that considering his injury & recent performance history. But I'm perfectly ok with dealing him too, and I think we might get a decent package for him. Moreover, if he gets moved, that frees up more money to go after a guy like Greinke, whom I think the Twins should go all out to get.
07-05-2012, 09:48 AM #7
Lot's of teams will be after Sanchez. Why would he sign with the Twins? John Danks received a $65m/5 contract. Sanchez could get something similar.
While it is true that there are more potential free agent pitchers this winter, it will also be true that there will be more teams losing a pitcher and therefore more buyers. There market was flooded with closers last year. The most reliable closers received very good deals with a lot of buyers in the market. At the end of the market, a some fringe closers were signed at bargain deals. Sanchez will get a good offer and I can't imagine why he would choose the Twins.
07-05-2012, 10:51 AM #8
As a fan, I completely turned off from Liriano. I just hope we can deal him for something of value and call it over. I'd rather have consistent mediocrity than him at this point.
That being said, the other pitchers John mentioned aren't that consistent either.
07-05-2012, 11:21 AM #9
I still think 3/$24 gets it done, and balances the risk pretty fairly.
I also don't think offering Liriano $12.5 this winter is an option (the qualifying offer was $12.4 last winter and will most likely go up a little). If he reverts to sucking this year, Twins won't offer. If he continues to pitch like he has recently, he won't accept and the Twins will end up with one sandwich pick.
So to me, the only options are extend him or trade him. I would sign him. Where else do the Twins get a pitcher for that money with his stuff?
07-05-2012, 11:26 AM #10
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07-05-2012, 11:41 AM #12
I cannot figure out how anyone would want to sign Liriano to a multi-year deal. The Twins absolutely need to trade him away and let another organization deal with his inconsistency. It is troubling that $12.5 million is being talked about for someone who currently has a 5.30 ERA and a growing walk rate. Seriously???
07-05-2012, 12:10 PM #13
I just don't know how we can take the chance on him - his last outing you began to see flashes of "bad Frankie" returning.
Two months ago, most everyone said the best we could hope for was for Liriano to get hot, put together a good run of starts, generate some trade value, and then we could move him. Now that he's doing that, the thinking seems to be changing to keeping him, because maybe this time it's for real and for good. Isn't that the same logic that got us into trouble last year, when we had the poor run and everybody said we should sell before the trade deadline and get prospects, only for us to go on a good run and get fooled into thinking we could compete for the AL Central, so we made no moves, lost Cuddyer & Kubel, and got nothing in return? This is just the same thing. This latest run is fool's gold. Let's not be the ones who buy it ourselves.
07-05-2012, 12:16 PM #14
07-05-2012, 12:17 PM #15
Liriano is the player an "incentive-laden deal" was created for. Offer him 2 years (or three if you absolutely have to) with a $6mil/yr base and incentives that add up to $4mil/yr on top of it. If he gets more elsewhere, let whoever signs him be the sucker. You just can't risk more than $6mil/yr on this big a question mark and expect to compete. He was a demotion candidate this year and last. If he goes the wrong way, he won't be in baseball 3 more years.
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07-05-2012, 04:35 PM #17
Hope he has a good outing against the Rangers, trade him over the all star break for the best package you can get, and never, ever look back.
I would never trust him with a three year deal.
07-05-2012, 05:46 PM #18
If the Twins resign Liriano to any sort of contract extension I will eat the chair you were sitting on to type this piece.
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07-05-2012, 06:13 PM #20
Trivia time, who is the best free agent pitcher they've signed since 1991?
It isn't Bob Tewksbury is it?
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