QO should around 18 mil? On the free market you’d sign either for 10 to 12 mil per year? So you take a 12 or so mil beating.... they can find 12 mil in any particular season pretty quickly. Instead of signing a Pineda type for 5th starter, use an internal option, and non-tender Adrianza in favor of Arráez, Gordon, Astudillo, or just not resign Castro and go with Astudillo as the placeholder for Rortvedt.
There is close to a zero percent chance both of them take the QO, which is what gives the Twins leverage as both try to negotiate a long-term deal with another team that has to lose a draft pick.
And if they both (amazingly) take the offer, your starting rotation is solid, if unspectacular... and all you take is a bit of a beating on payroll in a year when payroll will be increasing anyway due to the previous year's success.
It's pretty much a no-brainer.
If I’m doing anything at the trade deadline, it’s trading prospects for a starter with team control, like Yankees did in the offseason Sheffield for Paxton. That makes this whole exercise null. One move at the deadline changes the narrative, and flips this discussion on its head. I’m keeping my eye on Griffin Canning of the Angels, as one name that popped out for me. I’m certainly open to others.
Number 2 is trading for one or two high end reliever(s) on an expiring contract.
Perez and his one very effective pitch plus two very good relievers makes for a decent to good bullpen. If a couple of question marks turn into periods or exclamation points (Littell, Duffey, Magill) it could be a dang good bullpen.
Edited by Sconnie, 23 June 2019 - 07:30 AM.