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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 07:20 PM

According to the below tweet from Mike Berardino, the Twins have been able to sell the rights to right-handed pitcher Michael Tonkin to the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. Tonkin will get a two-year, $2.1 million deal with another $0.5 million in incentives. 

 

 

 

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#2 Carole Keller

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 07:29 PM

When that happens, is the player usually on board with it?
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Posted 07 November 2017 - 07:36 PM

I think Tonkin will dominate over there, just like in AAA. He's the classic example of a AAAA pitcher. Major league batters can hit a straight 96 fastball. AAA batters can't. He can't get his fastball to move enough to succeed in the majors.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 07:49 PM

 

When that happens, is the player usually on board with it?

 

Yes.The Twins tried to do something like that with Vargas last off-season, but he did not sign.Tonkin will negotiate and sign the contact.The Twins will sell the rights for that negotiation for $500K or so usually

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#5 Carole Keller

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 07:50 PM

Yes.The Twins tried to do something like that with Vargas last off-season, but he did not sign.Tonkin will negotiate and sign the contact.The Twins will sell the rights for that negotiation for $500K or so usually


I never really know how that works. Thanks.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 07:53 PM

When that happens, is the player usually on board with it?

Not the less intelligent ones:

https://youtu.be/0nKKqPOiJxI
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Posted 07 November 2017 - 07:56 PM

Not the less intelligent ones:https://youtu.be/0nKKqPOiJxI


Okay, that’s just mean!
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Posted 07 November 2017 - 08:26 PM

Okay, that’s just mean!

They play hardball in that league.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 08:45 PM

I was hoping he would sign with my favorite team... The Orix Buffaloes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Kidding... I don't have a favorite Japanese Team. 

 

 

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 08:51 PM

How many on the 40 man roster now?


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Posted 07 November 2017 - 08:57 PM

33 I believe.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 09:08 PM

 

When that happens, is the player usually on board with it?

Well he doubled his pay so it can't hurt that bad.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 09:10 PM

Well he doubled his pay so it can't hurt that bad.


Yeah, well ... I guess I wouldn’t move there, not even for that amount. But I didn’t know how it worked.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 09:36 PM

I gotta admit I am so happy that the Twins are cutting players that do not have any future here. No reason to waste roster spots. The new regime is looking better every day.

 

Now just add a few veterans to this nice mix of talent & the Twins will be back in the playoffs in 2018!

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 09:52 PM

 

Yeah, well ... I guess I wouldn’t move there, not even for that amount. But I didn’t know how it worked.

You wouldn't move to Japan for a couple years for $2 mill? Really only two half years.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 09:52 PM

How many on the 40 man roster now?

its doubtful anyone here follows the Fighters closely enough to answer that, but you just never know.
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Posted 07 November 2017 - 09:54 PM

You wouldn't move to Japan for a couple years for $2 mill? Really only two half years.


Nope.
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Posted 07 November 2017 - 09:56 PM

Nope.


Have you been? Spent 6.5 years on the edge of a Tokyo. Fantastic place, and i wasn’t making quite that kind of money.
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Posted 07 November 2017 - 09:56 PM

 

Nope.

I'm guessing "TokyoTownTwinsFan" doesn't quite have the same ring to it. :D

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 09:57 PM

Have you been? Spent 6.5 years on the edge of a Tokyo. Fantastic place, and i wasn’t making quite that kind of money.


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