Is there anyway that Darvish would take two years 28 mil per year or $56 million guaranteed and add a third year mutual option which either side could decline from the Twins. Can they negotiate him a cut of something other than salary? You would think if the team has a lot of immediate success which is possible that Darvish would benefit from a shorter deal then a long term one. Twins are poised to make a run these next three season's. That itself should be appealing to a pitcher, this team can play some damn good defense and has some offense too.
That gives higher annual dollars than longer term an the player and team get to gamble a little. He seems like the kind of guy that wirery, lengthy type that will maintain velocity as he ages so at age 34 hitting the open market may appeal to him at that age. I know it is a stretch but sure would be nice to see a pitcher of Darvish stature, and strikeout ability pitching for the Twins. They only have Mauer and Dozier under contract for this up coming season so if there is ever a season to push the chips in the middle of the table 2018 would sure seem to be it. Doesn't seem likely at his age he probably want's more years and more guaranteed money. Still would be nice to see the Twins ownership push some chips in the middle of the table this season.
The young offensive talent, is not going to stay young forever, and this team still needs starting pitching.
It would be nice for once for some actual proof that ownership is willing to stretch and go a little extra on getting a top notch talent. They always say it but there has yet to be tangible proof of that fact. I think ticket sales would be booming if they brought Darvish in the fold. You can sell a lot of hot dogs and beer when there is a lot more butts in the stands then years past. Would be nice to see Target field humming like it was the first three years. The Buzz would be real and palpable. There is optimism for this upcoming season, but a Free agent signing like Yu would make it skyrocket. This cat is the real deal when it comes to pitching, Twins sign him, and I am scouting out my parade spot for next November to watch the real championship trophy ride by.
Edited by jaimedude2, 24 January 2018 - 06:30 PM.