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.
Why wouldn't they? $23 million for a young, controllable pitcher who is also a potential middle of the order bat? Are you kidding?
Don't think for a minute the Twins won't spend. That is SUCH a misnomer. They gave Joe Mauer $23 million a year. They quickly signed Jason Castro last year. They signed Phil Hughes, Ricky Nolasco and Ervin Santana when they felt they needed starting pitching.
$20 million is hardly a deal breaker. If $20 million keeps the Twins from signing a potentially generational talent, then the front office should quit and the Pohlads should sell the team. Preferably very cheaply, to me.
I'm not saying Otani is. But $20 million should not be a barrier to signing a player like that.