In an article about what sellers' strategies should be:
"One top prospect" candidates
Teams: Mets, Pirates, Reds, Twins
The Pirates, Reds, and Twins all have strong farm systems and promising young talent on their big-league rosters already. They're best positioned to take a shot at a high-end talent. Also, those are three teams that can't afford stars on the open market. They have to grow their own stars, so go after those elite prospects at the trade deadline, even if it means getting fewer players in return.
I don't think the Twins are in that spot for next year.Assuming Santana is not picked up, we have less than $30M in 2019 contracts (Reed, Castro, Pineda, Rodney).Assuming maybe $45M to $50M in arbitration and pre-arb deals, we'll be at least $40M under this year's payroll (which is only $7M more than 2011--$120M is not the ceiling).We could absolutely be players for anyone we wanted on the open market.
My (admittedly unlikely) dream?Meet with Machado, and give him a 6 year, $240M offer that expires when he walks out the door.Gives him better AAV than he's expecting, plus the chance to get another big contract after his age 32 season.We move him back to third, and have a top 3 of Rosario, Machado, and Escobar.It strengthens us considerably for our Romero/Gonsalves/Rooker/Kiriloff/Lewis wave, with Wade/Arraez/Graterol/Baddoo/Larnach/Rortvedt as cheap depth/trade chips to go for titles as soon as 2020.And all of this is without mentioning Berrios, Polanco, Kepler, Buxton, or Sano.