Anyways, spending 20 million or so on a guy with the sole idea of potentially trading him for a prospect or two at the deadline is kinda pointless. Much better uses of money IMO
I agree that this isn't (likely) going to happen.
Who is left and willing (and available, to spend $$$ on) that represents good use of the $10-$20M?
*(Morneau, Manship, Worley, Swarzack, AJ, Nathan and Jepsen are all available and could all be brought back for under that price, combined.... J/K)
Who are the best cost/benefit, risk/reward, signees (ala Ian Desmond 2016 and the Rangers getting that #1 pick back) looking for 1-year or 2-year deals?
If the Twins are really in on Bautista, wouldn't Trumbo make more sense?
Jason Hammel has no QO issues and would be good Phil Hughes/Berrios insurance at the backend of the rotation and possibly good trade bait by June/July... (NL pitcher, I know, I know).
That's about it on the "bigger" FA names vis a vis the Twins' price range and fit (correct me if I've missed someone else)
Would Neftali Feliz sign a short-term deal if the Twins paid a slight premium?
They just missed out on Santiago Casilla- Oakland got him as a high-potential flip candidate- would have been a good get at a bargain price (2/$11M).
It seems like signing one or all of: Sergio Romo (eye-popping career K/BB of 5.6- among RPs- better than Kenley Jansen and just under Mariano Rivera), Boone Logan (LOOGY extraordinaire) and Fernando Salas (came up with Cards org and plenty of playoff team exp.) on such a deal would be relatively cheap and very utilitarian, and if any repeats his recent success in 2017, a wonderfully possible trading chip come July.
Feldman- (knows how to play the sign-and-flip game)
Hundley- (upgrade in the catching corps.... RH bat complements Castro's LH bat... very flippable when someone's catcher goes on the DL, good temporary landing place- with Garver waiting in the wings)
Chris Carter- will likely come inexpensively and on a one-year deal... besides, signing him will serve to help Twins fans see in real time what might have been with ABW...
Edited by jokin, 12 January 2017 - 03:12 AM.