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What can Minnesota offer Shohei Otani?

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#1 Riverbrian

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 10:21 PM

If I understand it correctly. The Twins have the third highest amount of International Pool dollars to offer him but it really isn't enough of a difference to stop him from simply choosing whatever team he wants to sign with. 

 

It seems that his recruitment will have the feel of the top QB picking what college team he wants to play for. The Coaches will be buzzing with promises. 

 

So with that in mind... what unique thing can Minnesota offer him to get him to spurn those other teams and sign with us. 

 

Here's some ideas:

 

1. Have the State of Minnesota declare that Mille Lacs Lake will be called Lake Otani. Mille Lacs is a goofy name anyway. 

 

2. Promise him a starring movie in Fargo II. Write a Scene where he puts whoever is responsible for the posting system in the woodchipper.  

 

3. Endorsement Contracts for Red Wing Shoes, Best Buy and Target. The contracts will contain stipulations that provides free shoes for life, unlimited 15% off of everything Target gift card and his own personal geek squad to fix any issues on products purchased at Target. 

 

4. His own private skyway that stretches from Target Field to Cancun, Mexico so he doesn't have to endure Winter at all. 

 

5. That really big spoon with a Cherry on it. Just give it to him. We don't really need it. 

 

 

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 10:35 PM

Wow, RB, Spring Training is 96 days away. Thinking about turning pro and working out across the off-season?

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 10:46 PM

Give him the Kmart on Lake and Nicollet, where Willie Mays used to play, and call him the Sho Hey Kid.
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Posted 09 November 2017 - 11:51 PM

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 12:04 AM

Hotdish. Passive-aggressive behavior. A Delta Skymiles card. Post-It notes.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 07:16 AM

I was going to say that they should let him try and be a two way player...

 

But I'm sure some cultural training so that he can properly say "ya sure, you bechya" and sound just like a northerner.

 

That and a metrodome urine trough... I mean... who wouldn't want one of those?

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 07:21 AM

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 08:13 AM

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 08:27 AM

Give him a Nishioka jersey if he signs.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 08:53 AM

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 08:54 AM

I say we just give him back the incriminating photos we have of him with the dead prostitute.

Save the copies for his second contract of course.
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Posted 10 November 2017 - 08:59 AM

 

Give him a Nishioka jersey if he signs.

 

He can have mine.

 

Seriously, I still have one. Actually, it's a shersey. Still. Says Nishioka on the back. Wore it a lot during the 103-loss season.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 09:03 AM

 

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 09:12 AM

At the risk of ruining this most excellent thread ... why not the Twins?

 

Major league clubs are limited in what they can pay Otani. And only the Rangers and the Yankees can pay more than the Twins under current rules. 

 

Now, I would not put the Twins ahead of the Rangers and the Yankees necessarily. The Yankees in particular offer Otani sponsorship opportunities to make up whatever gap there is. 

 

But couldn't the Twins let him be a two-way player? And it's not as if this is a terrible place -- hey, we all live here. And Target Field is awesome. 

 

In any event, I've been reading a lot of things that suggest the Twins have no chance. But the Twins should at least give it a shot. And I think it's high time this area stop being so self defeating when it comes to free agents.

 

But just in case, please, nobody send him any lutefisk.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 09:16 AM

I'm not sure we have no chance... Money is clearly not his primary motive, otherwise he would have waited 2 years. The question becomes what Otani really wants... 

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 09:31 AM

I thought I read somewhere that teams that paid into the luxury tax would also have their international dollars reduced (fairly significantly) if they sign a FA that was offered a qualifying offer.So the Yankees would have their pool reduced.I don't think Texas fell into that group though.I need to find that link. 

 

https://www.mlbtrade...free-agent.html

 

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 09:34 AM

This link includes the teams that can pay Otani more than $1 million. 

 

https://www.mlbtrade...ei-otani-4.html

 

Money is clearly not the motivating factor. I'd still say the Yankees would be the frontrunner, much as I hate to admit it. Because if you're sacrificing money to come play baseball in the best league in the world, you'd probably want to play on its biggest stage.

 

But ... I still say the Twins should make a play for him and see what they can do. 


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Posted 10 November 2017 - 09:35 AM

I'm not sure we have no chance... Money is clearly not his primary motive, otherwise he would have waited 2 years. The question becomes what Otani really wants...


I think you're right. Although everything being equal, it's nice to have more money than 27 other teams.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 10:07 AM

The pool money is not the issue for the Twins it's the 20 mill they have to pay the team he plays for in Japan. The Yankees can afford that, the Twins won't pay that, imo.

 

I've read that the Yankees might trade Betances, my idea is to trade some of the int. pool money to the Yankees for Betances. Might be a bad idea but I'm full of bad ideas.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 10:17 AM

 

Give him a Nishioka jersey if he signs.

Ouch!

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