10-20-2012, 12:06 PM #21
I think of all the high-end pitchers to come on the market in the last few years, Grienke would be the one would seem to be the most probable to come here. With his history, his reticence to play in a big market, and with what the Twins need, it seems like a fit.
That being said, I believe the chances of the Twins actually signing him to a large long-term deal are virtually non-nonexistent. Keeping in mind Willingham is the largest FA contract the Twins have given, quadrupling it for a pitcher with past issues seems unbelievable.
10-20-2012, 01:04 PM #22
10-20-2012, 11:29 PM #23
I recall reading somewhere that Greinke wants to play for a contender. But even if this is not true, I can't imagine the Twins bidding the kind of dollars and years that other teams will offer.
10-20-2012, 11:36 PM #24
Is it me or is there something about Greinke in this article's photo that reminds you of Michael Shannon's Agent Van Alden from Boardwalk Empire?
10-21-2012, 05:17 PM #25
It was worth a chuckle
10-21-2012, 06:18 PM #26
Greinke should not and (thankfully) will be not singed by the Twins-----
Blogging Twins since 2007 at The Tenth Inning Stretch
10-21-2012, 07:26 PM #27
I maintain the belief I have preached many times, that Grienke will not just go to whoever offers the most money. I suspect he also isn't quite as concerned with playing for a contender as he is playing for a team where he feels comfortable with the attitudes and his teammates.
From a money standpoint, it's hard to say wether it would be worth it, because we don't actually know yet what he'll be gunning for in terms of salary.
From a PR standpoint, it would be brilliant. It would be an unprecendented move for the Twins, and it would show that TR means business, and that they are committed to winning NOW and not 3-5 years from now. They are making an effort to maintain and build their season ticket base in advance of the all star game, and signing a #1 guy is going to do a whole lot more than trading for another 10+ year vetran in the twilight of his career.
And who knows, maybe he will rebound to cy young form coming back to the AL for a whole season and not having to bat.
All I know is, I'd rather see him at target field pitching for the Twins than against them
10-22-2012, 09:56 AM #28
I'd love to have Greinke on the Twins but I think too many teams are going to bid on his name instead of his recent performance. He's a very good pitcher. He's not a great pitcher and has had his fair share of issues over the years.
If you can get the guy for $14-15m a year for four years, you jump all over that. If you need to shell out $17-18m a year for five plus years, pass.
And the $17-18m for five plus years is where I think he will fall.
10-22-2012, 10:08 AM #29
Pass on Grienke, too much baggage and I wouldn't trust him in the playoffs, plus he would cost a fortune to sign.
10-22-2012, 11:05 AM #30
Wow, between Mauer's "aww schucks, give a 110%" Midwestern demeanor and Greinke's mental health issues, we would we would have about $300 million of money tied up in two guys with virtually no chance of serving any type of leadership purpose on this team.
Or, if "leadership" is too amorphous a topic to debate on for you, let's just stick with the fact that it ain't going to happen. No way. If you think we're handcuffed my Mauer's deal NOW, at least Mauer played last year, won a batting title, and sells a boatload of tickets. Greinke could blow his arm out April 26th, and you'd be left holding the bag. If you're the Yankees, Red Sox, or Tigers, that'd be bad. If you're the Twins, you're looking at half-decade of guaranteed Triple-A baseball.
This team is cutting payroll, and Terry Ryan simply doesn't believe in that type of reform. Teams are already making trades, and unless Terry has one of those lined up, we'll probably be sitting well after the Winter Meetings like we always do, waiting for the price to go down on the mid-tier guys we can actually afford.
The ONLY good thing I can say about 2012 that might prove my assessment wrong is that it was a complete failure devoid of legitimate excuses. You had a healthy Mauer and Morneau, and Willingham was everything you could have hoped for and more. Yeah, there were a few injuries to the starting staff, but welcome to baseball. When your formula "works" and you still don't even sniff 70 wins, it might be time to reevaluate.
10-22-2012, 11:18 AM #31
Way too much gets made of Grienke's anxiety disorder.
I guarantee you that there are dozens of MLB players who also have anxiety disorders, but we've just never heard of it because they never sought help.
10-22-2012, 01:49 PM #32
Mauer- .319/.416/.861, all just off his career average, a year after missing 80 games.
Grienke- 8K/9, 3.51 K/BB ratio, career.
I'll take that over some guy throwing cliches at me about how we have to "win one for the Gipper" and doing jumping jacks.
10-22-2012, 05:17 PM #33
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10-22-2012, 06:33 PM #35
I much prefer Ugueth Urbina's "Win one or I'll ****ing kill you.
And we have a winner for best motivational quote of the year!
10-22-2012, 08:46 PM #36
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10-25-2012, 10:52 PM #38
Sign Greinke and deal Span for another mid-level starter? That sounds like a good plan to me
10-26-2012, 08:42 AM #39
Take out his 2009 Cy Young season and he doesn't look all that special. He's a very good pitcher, significantly better than anything the Twins have, but not worthy of 5+ years and $90+ million dollars. Being the best FA pitcher on the market any given year does wonders for the inflation of salary for said player (see Wilson, C.J., or Lackey, John). That one season just looks crazy amongst all his other seasons, it's so much better than any of his others. And for someone who's now pitched in the majors for 9 years (though he missed most of a season back in '06), it's hard to believe he's ever getting anywhere near that '09 season again. Figure on seasons of around 100-120 ERA+ (i.e. occasionally average, occasionally very good) from him from here on out. A drastic improvement if you're the Twins, but they can't afford what he's probably going to get for what he's probably going to contribute.
10-26-2012, 09:56 AM #40
Reasons that you sign Greinke (stats since he secured a full time rotation spot)
2-2.50 every season
171 - offseason basketball injury