Since a posting fee goes to a third party, I'm not certain that the same logic applies - it's not financial gamesmanship, and it could be treated as a cost of doing business that year. There's no option (to my knowledge) to spread out the actual cash payment of the posting fee to the same number of years as the player contract. IANAL but if I were I'd probably want to pursue that a bit further with the IRS.
Of course, the posting fee is not going to show up as part of the salary and a team would not be obligated to pay it if they traded for the player. However, the organization would be required to amortize the cost over the course of the contract.
Do we think the Pohlad's primary concern is whether the posting fee is part of the 2013 or other years' tax calculations? I don't.
I like the original post's vague idea (I had a similar one), but they need to improve their lineup as well. Too many holes, and Ryan and Pohlad, I'm afraid, aren't committed to do anything drastic to make enough of a difference.
it won't happen/
I'm guessing the Twins end up with none of the pitchers speculated on in this thread (with the possible exception of Narveson). Some posted the Giants wouldn't give Lincecum the $14 mil qualifying offer, but he ended up getting more than that. The prices are going to be high this off-season, and the Twins just don't seem to want to win bidding wars. Especially when it comes to long contracts for pitchers on the downside of their career. And I think this is pretty astute.
Look for them to sign someone like Jake Westbrook to a one or maybe a 2 year contract. I believe the Cardinals will decline his option. He'd provide a veteran to help bridge the gap to the Twins prospects, but there will not be a bidding war for him. No one will be excited by the signing, but the Twins aren't making the playoffs next year. I'm not saying this is a great move, but it matches the Twins philosophy more than going out a signing guys from the top of the market.
I could see Westbrook coming here, on a Correia type deal. Might be a few years too late, though -- Westbrook somehow managed to issue more walks than strikeouts last year.
Interesting note on Westbrook -- Cleveland extended him 3 years into free agency at $10 million per, and he was injured for the first two of those seasons. Looked like the kind of contract the Twins fear and avoid. But in the third season, he was healthy but below average, and was flipped at the deadline for a high K minor league starter in Corey Kluber who looked pretty decent in 2013.
Darren Wolfson tweeted:
Terry Ryan confirmed to me the he would sacrifice his 2nd rd pick to sign a FA. Still seems like a long shot. Maybe Ervin Santana.
Either go all in on Masahiro Tanaka 70+ million posting fee and 12 million per over 6 years.
J.Johnson 1+1 (9 million and a 1million buy out and the option year at 15 million)
Kazmir 2 year+1 (8.5 per .1 million buy out or 12 million for his option year)
Phil Hughes 3 years 8 million per
Erick Chavez 4.5 million 1 year To platoon with Trevor
R.Fucal 2.5 million middle infield mentor
Now most important , no catcher playing in the outfield....and
Only Willingham or Arcia in the outfield at 1 time , we need speed and more speed in the outfield, so Ham and waldo can never be in the outfield at the same time...
There you go improved rotation and infield help all for around 2012 payroll prices
I had this great dream that the Twins posted $70 mil and got Tanaka. TR came out in the press conference and explained how much he appreciated all of us fans for dealing with the disgusting slop of players the last few years, and that the ownership felt it was important to spend the money they had been saving.... Wouldn't that be something??? :-)