Posted 11 September 2012 - 01:34 PM
He's 33 and coming off a career year that is seemingly hard to repeat. His home run-to-fly ball rate is a career-best 22% and compared to his career norm of 16%, it is likely some of those fly balls won't be reaching the seats next season. Then again, he is one of those few hitters who has had sustained success at Target Field.
"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." -- Jim Bouton, "Ball Four"
Posted 11 September 2012 - 01:55 PM
Posted 11 September 2012 - 02:51 PM
I am glad that the Twins went out and got guys (Willingham and Doumit) who CLEARLY like playing for and in Minnesota (adding a year to this deal would significantly reduce his trade value).
Posted 11 September 2012 - 02:56 PM
Posted 11 September 2012 - 02:57 PM
Posted 11 September 2012 - 03:08 PM
Question: Did HE and his agent push for the 3-year deal last off-season or was the impetus for the length of the deal on the Twins side?
Just curious because he would seemingly have more value as a free agent this off-season than last. Since he signed for 3 years last off-season, an extension seems to be the only way that they can capitalize on his career year.
Posted 11 September 2012 - 03:09 PM
Posted 11 September 2012 - 05:28 PM
I don't think there is that much risk to it. Anybody can get hurt, and the veteran work ethic might be something that the youger kids should be exposed to. He has earned it from my viewpoint. And it might make for a better trade prospect, too.
I would think the opposite would be true. It means an additional year an interested team would have to commit to, which would make it less likely someone making a pennant run and looking for short-term help would bite. Keep him around the next year or two (for the work ethic and depth argument you make, as well as he is playing well right now), but hold off on extending and see how things play out next year.