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Article: Can The Twins Afford Scott Baker?
Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:38 PM
Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:07 AM
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:56 AM
Posted 19 March 2012 - 12:38 PM
I'm thinking it's fairly likely the Twins pick up the option unless Baker has another injury-riddled year. Projecting the rotation at $30M seems reasonable, and with Balckburn/Hendriks costing a combined $6M, leaving $24M for 3 slots...$9.5M is viable. Especially if they think Gibson will be ready to be at least a 5th starter in 2013. That would still leave money in the budget to bring back Liriano even if his free agent number jumps over $12M per. A 2013 rotation of Liriano, Baker, Hendriks, Blackburn, and Gibson sounds pretty good to me, and shouldn't break the bank.
I can't see any scenario that Liriano will be back though. If he pitches well and stays healthy, he will be looking for a multi year deal, and the Twins never give a pitcher more than four years, and with his injury and inconsistancy history, would likely only offer hime 2-3. If he underperforms again, the frustration Gardy and Rick Anderson have shown in him since his TJ surgery is going to force Terry Ryan to abandon any thought of offering him even a major-league minimum deal. If he pitches adaquately and is forced to take a 1 year Prove-It deal like Edwin Jackson, he will surely look to Prove-It in a different market seeing as this one is not very high profile.
Of course all this is moot if the Twins are out of it by the All-Star break. He'll be moved for younger arms at that point.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:16 PM
I can’t imagine him making that much per year on the free agent market if he has another year anything like his last three.
I'm not sure if I necessarily agree with this statement John. Here is a link to one of the articles I have read recently saying that Baker is actually an extremely underrated pitcher.
He is also consistently in the top 10 in the league in K/BB, his K/9 has been over 7 since 2008 (not bad for someone considered a "flyball pitcher" to an extent), and besides them repeated trips to the DL last year that kept him at 134 innings, he has been at 170+ for three years prior to that.
P.S. If someone could tell me how to quote what someone else said the proper way, that would be great!
Edited by AT4MVP, 19 March 2012 - 05:33 PM.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:35 PM
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