11-28-2013, 04:59 AM #1
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Twins CAN afford Garza, Nolasco, & Salty...
Nolasco signing at 12 mill per, its safe to assume it would take about 15-16 mill per year over 5 to get Garza. Salty reportedly would accept the 1st 3/30 offer he received. If the Twins signed all 3 counting Mauer, they are commiting 60 Million to 4 players over the next 3 years. That sounds like an absurd amount to have comitted to only 4 players.
How is it possible to afford that? They have another $20 million coming off the books in 2015 losing Willingham, Corriea, Burton, Doumit, & Duensing.
With the new $25M a year TV money a $100 million annual payroll isnt out of the question, that leaves 40 million to fill out the rest of the roster. Normally that would be impossible to field a competitor. What makes it very possible is the big wave of prospects & young position players the Twins have on their way. They can fill the other 17-21 roster spots with players on rookie contracts easily. I could see Arcia, Sano, Buxton & Meyer all being super 2 candidates but that is still 3 years down the road.
C Salty - 10M
1B Mauer - 23M
2B Dozier 2 years pre arb remaining - (Jorge Polanco)
SS Florimon 2 years pre arb remaining - (Danny Santana)
3B Sano 3 years pre arb remaining - (Matt Harrison)
LF Rosario 3 years pre arb remaining
CF Buxton 3 years pre arb remaining
RF Hicks 3 years pre arb remaining - (Max Kepler)
DH Arcia 2 years pre arb remaining
SP Garza - 15M
SP Nolasco - 12M
SP Deduno - 1 year pre arb remaining
SP Albers - 2 years pre arb remaining
SP Meyer - 3 years pre arb remaining
SP Gibson - 2 years pre arb remaining
SP May - 3 years pre arb remaining
BP Swarzak 2 arb years remaining
BP Fien 1 year pre arb remaining
BP Pressley 2 years pre arb remaining
BP Theilbar 2 years pre arb remaining
BP Tonkin 3 years pre arb remaining
BP Jones 3 years pre arb remaining
Being able to fill 7 of the 9 position & 7-10 pitchers with players under their rookie contracts is almost unprecedented. Having potential #1 Alex Meyer very close to being in the majors & slotting him as your #3 starter while having options galore with your 4-5 starters still under rookie contracts.
The Twins could easily have room going forward to afford a trio of Garza, Nolasco, Salty plus a stopgap LF such as Rajai Davis until Rosario takes over LF. Those signings alone instantly put the Twins in the crosshairs to compete for the division in 2014 & beyond.
11-28-2013, 08:21 AM #2
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Where is Perkins? You missed him and his $3.75M.
11-28-2013, 08:35 AM #3
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and Burton and Plouffe is a Super Two and you're assuming we just cut loose all of the others. If Correia pitches like he did last year, I could see the Twins keeping him around.
11-28-2013, 09:06 AM #4
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I would love to get Garza. Getting Saltalamacchia would be good as well, but it's no skin off my back if that doesn't happen.
11-28-2013, 09:38 AM #5
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There's no reason that a playoff contender couldn't have a payroll well over 100M. But I highly doubt the Twins are signing a more expensive FA this winter.
11-28-2013, 10:20 AM #6
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11-28-2013, 10:58 AM #7
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Sounds like Hughes is down to just a few teams, the Twins included. He wants a deal around the 2/$16m range. I'd almost prefer that to Garza. See if we can have a modest success with FA this season. Maybe we'll go in even harder in the future when we're closer to contending.
11-28-2013, 11:11 AM #8
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If the Twins will give the type of contracts they have to the Corriea's and Pelfry's of the world, they should jump at the chance to sign Hughes to a 2/16m contract. If we like what we see, extend him, if not, it's just 2 years and it's time for Meyer, May, Gonsalves etc...