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#31 drjim

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:52 AM

Correct, but what he is very unlikely to do is sign a multi-year deal until Meyer is a free agent. That may prove beneficial to the Twins if he were to get hurt, but his clients typically go year to year to maximize their value.


Actually recent history would suggest otherwise. Boras will do the first contract during arb years for a market rate. Especially for pitchers.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:04 PM

Dave Cameron at fan graphs listed it as one of the worst moves of the offseason.

9. The Twins trade Denard Span for Alex Meyer.


This trade ranked as my favorite off-season move from Washington’s perspective, and I’ll reiterate what I said about the trade last week: +3 win outfielders under team control for three seasons at a total of $21 million are worth far more than one low-level pitching prospect. If this was the market for Span, then the Twins simply should have kept him, allowed him to continue to show that he’s over his concussion issues, and marketed him as trade bait at mid-season, when contenders pay marked up prices to get talent for the stretch run. Meyer might turn into something special, so it’s not like this deal couldn’t work out for Minnesota, but Span wasn’t so expensive that the Twins couldn’t keep him, nor was he reaching a point in his career where he ceased to be useful to a rebuilding team. The fact that the Twins kept Josh Willingham, the oldest of their three outfielders, and shipped out the two younger center field options makes the decision even more curious.

Edited by PseudoSABR, 12 February 2013 - 12:08 PM.


#33 Kwak

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:55 PM

Correct, but what he is very unlikely to do is sign a multi-year deal until Meyer is a free agent. That may prove beneficial to the Twins if he were to get hurt, but his clients typically go year to year to maximize their value.


The Twins may decide to go the Oakland route: develop a young pitcher, keep him for 3-4 years while his salary is low, then trade him for multiple young pitchers. That strategy accomplishes the following: builds a pipeline of quality young pitching, builds a rotation comprised of young, lower salaried, less injury-prone, and easy-to-trade pitchers. Result: lower payroll, fewer pitchers requiring surgery, and less disruption of the rotation from the major league team down through the top minor league teams. A reasonable explanation of how Oakland can win a division on a tiny payroll.

#34 Han Joelo

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:01 PM

Dave Cameron at fan graphs listed it as one of the worst moves of the offseason.

...from the nats side. Tells me that the twins believe Meyer is no ordinary prospect--his ceiling is elite ace. Still, he's just a prospect.
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#35 diehardtwinsfan

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:29 PM

Re: AAAA catcher thread, I can't believe I wasted my time getting to page 5.

Thanks for the article Seth. Meyer may only have one season in the minors, but it's pretty crazy to compare him to Berrios and Buxton (23 vs 18?). His college experience means something. I realize this is aggressive, but I'd like to see Meyer have a great year in AA and possibly get a September cup of coffee. I know it's more likely in 2014, but a guy can dream. Pitchers and Catchers, baby!!!


With one season under his belt, I highly doubt it. He doesn't have to be added to the 40 man for several more years. He could go Strasburg on AA and still likely start 2014 in Rochester.