Sure, I'm disappointed that the Twins couldn't get Darvish in on a deal around $21M per year. That's cheaper than I thought. But you know what? They took a swing and they missed.
They didn't swing and miss. They stuck out their bat to bunt, then pulled it back.
Darvish actually signed for a little less than what everyone expected. They offered significantly less. That's not a swing.
You can either try to sign a free agent, or offer a reasonable contract, but you can't do both. The way free agency works is the "winning" offer is one that EVERY TEAM IN THE LEAGUE EXCEPT ONE thinks is too high. You have to, by definition, overpay. Every free agent signing was voted an overpay, 31-1.
So why does anyone ever sign free agents? Because they want to win.
And they're willing to overpay a key player who will put them over the top.
The Twins weren't willing to do that.You can have reasonable opinions either way about that. But you can't honestly say they "tried" to sign him.The only way to sign a free agent is to offer more money than any other team.Trying to sign him would mean, offering more than the Cubs offered.But any GM who says he'll make a reasonable offer but won't overspend has no intention of winning a bidding war.Trying means you are willing to pay more money than the Cubs. That's the definition of free agency.
Realistically, this was probably their last chance at signing a top free agent. This year, guaranteeing the full $150 millionprobably would have done it.Next year, forget it.It was a fluke that the Yankees, Dodgers and Red Sox all sat on the sidelines this year to get under the luxury tax. They will be back next year with a vengeance. So will the Mets, someday, and the Angels, the Cardinals -- all of the 22 teams that are willing to spend more than the Twins.
If they went through all those years of 90 loss teams, all those years of not spending their full budget because they were not good enough to invest in, all those years of waiting for the young stars to mature, all those years of waiting for a new stadium to supply enough revenue to compete, and it finally, finally, finally all falls into place, and they are one star pitcher away from having a realistic chance, and they still won't do it, why would they ever do it?
Their plan is to build around young players, invest in some 2nd and 3rd tier free agents like Fernando Rodney, buy some lottery tickets on long shots like Pineda, and hope to get lucky, like they did 28 years ago with Jack Morris. Good luck with that.
Edited by by jiminy, 15 February 2018 - 05:13 PM.