The Twins had the leverage over BOTH the Mariners and the Angels as both were trying to stockpile international money for a run at Ohtani and for a total of 2 Million in bonus funds, all the Twins got was a couple of suspects. From the Mariners they got a 21 YO Catcher who is defensive oriented and who hit .236 in his first professional year. For a Million in bonus money, this was the best they could get?? Somebody needs to learn how to negociate when they hold all the cards. From the Angels we got a 19 YO Outfielder who is a defensive liability that hit .226 with NO HRs in his first year in rookie ball. After blowing $1 Million in bonus money on this guy, no wonder the Angles wanted to cut their losses. (Of course, we COULD have ended up getting Alex Meyer back!)So after losing out on the Ohtani sweepstakes, what does Seattle do with their now excessive amount of International Bonus Funds? They take the $1 Million they got from the Twins and turn it into 2 PROSPECTS. The Mariners got Misiewicz, a former farm hand who at age 23 pitched to a 4.00 ERA with 7.2K & 2.1BB per 9 (for 500 K in Bonus money PLUS Shawn Armstrong who had 152Ks over 98 innings at AAA over the last 3 years and has an11.3% K rate over 43 MLB innings for another 500K in bonus money. So who was the bonehead who negociated the the Twins "donation" of 2 Million in Bonus money for virtually NOTHING???
Misiewwicz never got a mention from Sickels when grading prospects. He was in the Seattle system and did not grade into their top 50 or so prospects. An ERA of 4 will do that. Banulelos was at least rated their tenth best prospect. Shawn Armstrong has been used as a mop up pitcher and is 27. Hardly a prospect either. In either case the sum sent was not mentioned as the Mariners had around 3 million.
Edited by old nurse, 13 December 2017 - 10:12 PM.