Machado and Harper were looking for mega mega deals in 8-10 year range.That hasn't come to fruition for them.
With both of them being 26 years old and the Twins having a 2 year window to not have to pay up for their young players they should go crazy for two years of Harper or Machado.
Go and offer one of them 2 years/$70M (or more).They will be free agents again when they are 28 years old.And have a cool $70M sitting the bank.
So much this. I've been preaching this for a while. If Harper/Machado are hesitant to sign a long-term deal with the current CBA expiring, why not offer a short-term, ridiculously high AAV deal? It would be tough to pass up 3/$100M, then dip back into free agency at 29 years old after the new CBA is ratified. Heck, offer a third year player option.
My greatest disappointment with the Twins not spending this off-season is how all the stars seemed to align for them. The AL Central will be even weaker this year, we have a young nucleus with some make-or-break decisions looming, next to nothing on the books in 2020, and not even close to the commitment to 50% of revenue spent for the 2019 season. I can't for the life of me understand the short-term, let alone the long-term strategy for this ball club. It's incredibly frustrating as a die-hard fan.