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#1 John Bonnes

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 07:30 PM

You can view the page at http://www.twinsdail...ndbook-Presale!

#2 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 07:29 AM

I can't wait to design the hell out of this thing. For you forum junkies who don't read the front page, here is the link to order the 2013 Handbook. It's gonna be awesome.

https://www.e-junkie...c=cart&cl=76672

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 08:04 AM

Is there a discount for twinsdaily.com members? How about poor first year teachers?

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 08:06 AM

Is there a discount for twinsdaily.com members? How about poor first year teachers?


There is a $3 discount for pre-ordering.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 09:58 AM

How about poor first year teachers?



They might consider a discount for good first year teachers. :) (Sorry - I couldn't resist)

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 11:46 AM

Great book last year.

A suggestion...

Last year you did a reasonable job projecting contracts. However, I think you need to do a little more work considering what it might take for a player to sign with the Twins. Unless you believe that the Twins are an equally attractive place to sign a contract, your blue prints should reflect the premium the Twins might have to pay to persuade a free agent to join the organization.

#7 John Bonnes

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 12:03 PM

Great book last year.

A suggestion...

Last year you did a reasonable job projecting contracts. However, I think you need to do a little more work considering what it might take for a player to sign with the Twins. Unless you believe that the Twins are an equally attractive place to sign a contract, your blue prints should reflect the premium the Twins might have to pay to persuade a free agent to join the organization.


What evidence is there that this is the case? The Twins signed Willlingham at a reasonable price, Doumit too. Maybe Carroll.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 10:41 AM

Hi—

Will the Offseason Handbook be a printable PDF or an e-book that doesn't allow printing?

I like to print it out for easy reading.

Thanks,
Peter

#9 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:11 PM

Hi—

Will the Offseason Handbook be a printable PDF or an e-book that doesn't allow printing?

I like to print it out for easy reading.

Thanks,
Peter


There will be no DRM of any kind on the Handbook. Print away.

#10 fittdogg

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:14 PM

Will this be an electronic or hard copy?

#11 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:32 PM

Will this be an electronic or hard copy?


Electronic.

If it was a paper book, it would cost at least $40.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:52 PM

Will there be a chapter dedicated to signing mark derosa? If so I will just pay full $9.99 cost, if not then I will just pre order.

Thank you

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 09:20 PM

Great book last year.

A suggestion...

Last year you did a reasonable job projecting contracts. However, I think you need to do a little more work considering what it might take for a player to sign with the Twins. Unless you believe that the Twins are an equally attractive place to sign a contract, your blue prints should reflect the premium the Twins might have to pay to persuade a free agent to join the organization.


What evidence is there that this is the case? The Twins signed Willlingham at a reasonable price, Doumit too. Maybe Carroll.


I think there is plenty of evidence that the more attractive organizations more successfully sign free agents.

Why sign with the Twins?

Their record over the last two years? The coaching staff? The medical staff? Endorsement opportunities?

Be realistic. The only way for the Twins to separate themselves is to offer more money or more years. That should be reflected in your blue prints.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 09:37 PM

Great book last year.

A suggestion...

Last year you did a reasonable job projecting contracts. However, I think you need to do a little more work considering what it might take for a player to sign with the Twins. Unless you believe that the Twins are an equally attractive place to sign a contract, your blue prints should reflect the premium the Twins might have to pay to persuade a free agent to join the organization.


What evidence is there that this is the case? The Twins signed Willlingham at a reasonable price, Doumit too. Maybe Carroll.


I hope you are right about Willingham, but it is a little early to know that he will continue to be productive for two more years. Look at his drop the over the final two months with an OPS in the 750s. Look at his defense. There is no guarantee that we will look back at this contract two years from now and say that it was a reasonable deal

As for Carroll, how many other starting shortstop offers do you think came his way? Most teams believe Doumit has little defensive ability some needed to find a DH job. How many offers do you think he was juggling?

If it is your argument that the Twins can sign players that few other teams want to reasonable contracts, we agree.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:23 PM

Will this be an electronic or hard copy?


Electronic.

If it was a paper book, it would cost at least $40.



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Posted 09 October 2012 - 07:40 AM

Will there be a chapter dedicated to signing mark derosa? If so I will just pay full $9.99 cost, if not then I will just pre order.

Thank you


VodkaDave off season handbook

Step 1. Sign Mark DeRosa (whatever it takes)
Step 2. Watch the wins pile up.
Step 3 Plan parade route.
Step 4 Laugh at dopes who purchased bloggers off season handbook.

There is no May and Mayer. They're made up.


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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:58 PM

[quote name='jorgenswest'][quote name='John Bonnes'][quote name='jorgenswest']Great book last year.

A suggestion...

Last year you did a reasonable job projecting contracts. However, I think you need to do a little more work considering what it might take for a player to sign with the Twins. Unless you believe that the Twins are an equally attractive place to sign a contract, your blue prints should reflect the premium the Twins might have to pay to persuade a free agent to join the organization.[/QUOTE]

What evidence is there that this is the case? The Twins signed Willlingham at a reasonable price, Doumit too. Maybe Carroll.[/QUOTE]

I hope you are right about Willingham, but it is a little early to know that he will continue to be productive for two more years. Look at his drop the over the final two months with an OPS in the 750s. Look at his defense. There is no guarantee that we will look back at this contract two years from now and say that it was a reasonable deal

As for Carroll, how many other starting shortstop offers do you think came his way? Most teams believe Doumit has little defensive ability some needed to find a DH job. How many offers do you think he was juggling?

If it is your argument that the Twins can sign players that few other teams want to reasonable contracts, we agree.[/QUOTE]

Jorgenswest, you seemed to infer that the estimated contract projections from last year were pretty accurate, but that there should be a higher number assumed if the Twins sign any given player. John's reply gave examples of the Twin's paying less than or equal-to-market value on the players they did sign. That seems to counter your point pretty fairly.
Your next reply doesn't address the issue at all. The central issue is what the player is projected to sign for AT THE TIME OF SIGNING, not whether the player will over or under-perform the contract.

Project what players will be available and at what cost. It would be pretty silly to try and project what players would need to be paid over market to come here. Just as silly as trying to project who would accept less than market.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:25 PM

At the time of the signing, Carroll was an old SS. What other offers did he have to start? Where did I suggest he took less than market? It would be an easier argument to say the Twins overpaid. Last year's handbook probably had him listed for less. I believe he came to the Twins because they had more playing time to offer than he could get anywhere else.

At the time of the signing, Doumit was an injured catcher with a very poor defensive reputation. He needed a spot where he could get his bat in the game. Where else would he get more DH time?

My point was that the Twins can sign those types to reasonable (not under market!) contracts because they won't have a lot of options.


How many teams do you think offered Willingham three years? The Twins had better studied projections and mathematics about how similar players have aged into their 30s.

They can continue the cycle of mediocrity and bring in these decline phase free agents.

They can also go after free agents that might actually make a difference. Doing so they will compete with other organizations. How do they win the negotiation? Will simply matching the offer made by the Yankees, Rangers... be enough?

Edited by jorgenswest, 12 October 2012 - 07:35 PM.


#19 Shane Wahl

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:49 AM

It looks fantastic.

I already ordered, of course, and now I have to sit here and look at the sample while these stupid Yankees, Tigers, and Cardinals (go Giants!) play long ass games and long ass series . . .

Free agent pitching contract estimates take on new importance. Jackson at 3/$33 million is in line with my blueprint.

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:54 AM

At the time of the signing, Carroll was an old SS. What other offers did he have to start? Where did I suggest he took less than market? It would be an easier argument to say the Twins overpaid. Last year's handbook probably had him listed for less. I believe he came to the Twins because they had more playing time to offer than he could get anywhere else.

At the time of the signing, Doumit was an injured catcher with a very poor defensive reputation. He needed a spot where he could get his bat in the game. Where else would he get more DH time?

My point was that the Twins can sign those types to reasonable (not under market!) contracts because they won't have a lot of options.


How many teams do you think offered Willingham three years? The Twins had better studied projections and mathematics about how similar players have aged into their 30s.

They can continue the cycle of mediocrity and bring in these decline phase free agents.

They can also go after free agents that might actually make a difference. Doing so they will compete with other organizations. How do they win the negotiation? Will simply matching the offer made by the Yankees, Rangers... be enough?


There are a lot of considerations that I imagine factor into FA decision-making. In the case of Willingham and Doumit, both have now wanted extensions. There are some players that will take equal or maybe less money to NOT be in NY, Boston, L.A., Chicago, etc. I am sure Jamey Carroll would like an extension too, but . . .

Last year I thought Carroll was going to get less and Willingham and Doumit more than they did.

By the way, it isn't as though they signed Willingham to a 5-year deal. 2 years left for $14 million with even 80% of 2012 production over those two years is a GREAT contract.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 06:37 AM

I just realized that the forum trolls may not have noticed that we added a sample of the handbook for download. It features 8 pages of the handbook so you can preview some of the content before plunking down your hard-earned cash. Check it out!

http://www.twinsdail...book-sample.pdf

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 10:42 AM

What is the format? Is it PDF or an ebook format such as Epub or Mobi? Curious if I can read it on my nook.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 02:16 PM

Great book last year.

A suggestion...

Last year you did a reasonable job projecting contracts. However, I think you need to do a little more work considering what it might take for a player to sign with the Twins. Unless you believe that the Twins are an equally attractive place to sign a contract, your blue prints should reflect the premium the Twins might have to pay to persuade a free agent to join the organization.


What evidence is there that this is the case? The Twins signed Willlingham at a reasonable price, Doumit too. Maybe Carroll.

look at the 1st two players former teams? oakland and pittsburg,and the fact that the twins had an injury plaqued year....then take jaime carroll. he was 37 years old being offered a 2 year contract.why would any F.A. want to come to the twins?especially with a lame duck manager.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 02:44 PM

What is the format? Is it PDF or an ebook format such as Epub or Mobi? Curious if I can read it on my nook.


It will be a PDF. You should be able to read it on pretty much any full color device.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 06:02 AM

Looks great!

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 08:17 AM

Is today the day?

#27 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 08:26 AM

Is today the day?


Tomorrow. We're wrapping up the JR interview and finishing off final edits today.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 08:33 AM

So do we get an email with a link or will the link be posted on the website...I am giddy with excitement for hours upon hours of reading.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 08:44 AM

So do we get an email with a link or will the link be posted on the website...I am giddy with excitement for hours upon hours of reading.


I'm not sure of the process, having never used this particular service before (the TD crew has used it but this is my first year). I believe you will be sent an email with a download link that will allow you to grab the PDF, which is around 20MB (in other words, too large to easily email).

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 09:24 AM

By the way, this is a reminder that after the World Series is over, the Handbook price changes from $6.95 to $9.95! If you want to order a copy, do so now!