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    Butera, Duensing File for Arbitration

    Today, LHP Brian Duensing and C Drew Butera were among 133 MLB players who filed for free agency.

    Duensing could get between $1.5M and $2.0M.

    Butera will likely get somewhere between $0.6M and $0.8M.

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    I realize that the numbers you present are not the amounts submitted by the respective sides, but ... I can understand why someone like Drew Butera might feel compelled to fight for an extra $100,000 or so he is not being offered by the team, but I can't quite understand why the team would fight for that same amount. If the Twins were to have gone ahead and given Drew what he wanted, will Kevin Correia notice and resolve that next time he negotiates for a two-year contract with the soft-touch Twins he'll remember to hold out for $10,100,000? Or mightn't the big-money guys notice and nod in appreciation that the bit-players are treated like they matter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
    Today, LHP Brian Duensing and C Drew Butera were among 133 MLB players who filed for free agency.

    Duensing could get between $1.5M and $2.0M.

    Butera will likely get somewhere between $0.6M and $0.8M.
    I wish Butera filed for free agency
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    The team fighting for an extra 100k isn't what's troubling, it's that the opportunity to fight is even there in the first place. He should have been released and offered a minor league contract with a spring training invite long ago. That they continue to allow him to eat up a 40-man spot and draw a guaranteed major league salary is baffling.
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    I hope they both get 20 million per year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
    I hope they both get 20 million per year.

    Yup spending money just to spend

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    Clean yes/no bet this year: Butera will make an appearance as a pitcher this season. I'll say no, but not a firm no.
    Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.

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    I don't understand all this Butera hate.....if they got rid of the bum blocking him we could really see this kid shine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
    I don't understand all this Butera hate.....if they got rid of the bum blocking him we could really see this kid shine.
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    I hope the sarcasm was noted before that link was posted.

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    It wasn't my point to debate whether Butera ought to be on the Twins' (or anyone's) roster. But given that he is, and has a certain amount of service time, he will be paid something, and he can go to arbitration. The question is why nickel and dime the few guys who have this amount of leverage but still will come in under $1M? Isn't it better to be known as a franchise players will want to come to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
    It wasn't my point to debate whether Butera ought to be on the Twins' (or anyone's) roster. But given that he is, and has a certain amount of service time, he will be paid something, and he can go to arbitration. The question is why nickel and dime the few guys who have this amount of leverage but still will come in under $1M? Isn't it better to be known as a franchise players will want to come to?
    They aren't nickel and dimeing Duensing and Butera. Since they are only signing them to 1 year deals, they just haven't negotiated with them as there has been no need to yet. I don't believe the Twins' have submitted their offers yet for arbitration. I'm willing to bet that both players will be signed long before their arbitration hearings come up.

    The only Arb. player the Twins dealt with was Burton and the only reason they did that early was because the gave him a multiyear deal.

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    That's right Johnny, I believe in spending money just to spend money....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetOne69 View Post
    They aren't nickel and dimeing Duensing and Butera. Since they are only signing them to 1 year deals, they just haven't negotiated with them as there has been no need to yet. I don't believe the Twins' have submitted their offers yet for arbitration. I'm willing to bet that both players will be signed long before their arbitration hearings come up.
    Good call. They split the difference between the numbers Seth quoted.

    [Edit: on Butera, I mean. Duensing is still pending.]

    Edit^2: and now ditto for Duensing the next day, not that anybody is still reading here.]
    Last edited by ashburyjohn; 01-18-2013 at 04:17 PM.

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