You're right....I want the Twins to emulate the Nationals in MANY ways. That's the whole problem!
I emailed Doogie about this topic and here is his response. I find it curious that he does not have firm reporting right now if this is an actual offer.
Jesse -- I wasn't able to squeeze that out of my contact, just that if he wants to be a Twin, it'll happen. My hunch: there is a firm offer on the table. But because I didn't hear that, didn't write it.
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013 3:24 PM
To: Wolfson, Darren [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: Question on Saunders Story
Love your work on Channel 5 and AM 1500. Quick question about the Saunders story, have the Twins made an actual firm offer or are they still in the conversation stage, ex. Have they told him “1 Year, $5 million, $3 million in incentives” or have they said “We might have some interest in a one year deal if you are willing to come here.”? You have made a number of comments this offseason about the Twins and their curious process this year of talking to free agents but not offering contracts. Thanks!
MLB Trade Rumors, re-ran Doogie's blurb about the Twins being interested in Saunders for one year. I didn't see any new information on the MTR sight so my only conclusion is they must be openly campaigning for the Twins to get him.
Is this what a "source", who is supposedly the player's agent, would say to a reporter? Methinks more like what St Antony would say.
SAUNDERS UPDATE: There were reports a couple weeks ago that things were heating up between the Twins Joe Saunders but that wasn't the case. In fact, the sides have had little contact in recent weeks.The Twins remain interested, but they are not going to give Saunders a three-year deal. They would do a two-year deal if the money was right. I'm sensing that the Twins would prefer to sign Saunders to a one-year deal with an option for a second year.
Unsigned players should be getting antsy now that camp is just around the corner, so prices should drop.
Is anyone noticing the fact that there is no evidence that we have actually offered him a contract (he only mentions a hunch)? Sound familiar?