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#1 cmb0252

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:58 PM

Twins were never truly linked to Jose Abreu but now it is official we will not sign him. Jesse Sanchez, one of the best international prospects expert, wrote today that Abreu is officially down to three teams; Astros, Red Sox, and the White Sox. The Rangers, Mariners, and Giants showed strong interest in the slugger but are no longer in the running. Abreu Could sign in the next two weeks. Link to article below:

Cuban slugger Jose Abreu has narrowed choices to Astros, Red Sox, White Sox | whitesox.com: News

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:04 PM

Shocking news :-)

joking aside, thanks for the update.

Edited by ThePuck, 17 October 2013 - 02:09 PM.

Just remember: You put the lime IN the coconut. Only THEN, can you drink it all up.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:22 PM

No big deal. I bet the Twins swoop in last minute and nab him.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:25 PM

He never made sense for them anyway since they need to keep 1B open long-term for Mauer.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:29 PM

He never made sense for them anyway since they need to keep 1B open long-term for Mauer.

I don't know why they couldn't slot him in as a DH. The guy has a David Ortiz-like ceiling. No one's ever complained about him being a DH only.

I knew it was going to happen, realistically, but I desperately hoped the Twins would go after Abreu. Maybe I'm buying into the hype too much, but I think he'll be a great hitter.

Edited by raindog, 17 October 2013 - 03:30 PM.
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#6 jokin

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:32 PM

He never made sense for them anyway since they need to keep 1B open long-term for Mauer.


Except that's where they also plan for Kepler to play.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:36 PM

Twins were never truly linked to Jose Abreu but now it is official we will not sign him. Jesse Sanchez, one of the best international prospects expert, wrote today that Abreu is officially down to three teams; Astros, Red Sox, and the White Sox. The Rangers, Mariners, and Giants showed strong interest in the slugger but are no longer in the running. Abreu Could sign in the next two weeks. Link to article below:

Cuban slugger Jose Abreu has narrowed choices to Astros, Red Sox, White Sox | whitesox.com: News


Curious group left in the bidding. Astros and White Sox up against only one big-dollar team, the Red Sox? This seems like it could have been a winnable bidding war- with the Twins urgently needing punch in the lineup at First Base, huge wasted opportunity.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:37 PM

I don't know why they couldn't slot him in as a DH. The guy has a David Ortiz-like ceiling. No one's ever complained about him being a DH only.

I knew it was going to happen, realistically, but I desperately hoped the Twins would go after Abreu. Maybe I'm buying into the hype too much, but I think he'll be a great hitter.


Believe the hype. And "desperate" is what the Twins FO is in distinct denial about.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:39 PM

He never made sense for them anyway since they need to keep 1B open long-term for Mauer.

I'll feel better about this reasoning when the Twins actually say Mauer is a first baseman.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:42 PM

Curious group left in the bidding. Astros and White Sox up against only one big-dollar team, the Red Sox? This seems like it could have been a winnable bidding war- with the Twins urgently needing punch in the lineup at First Base, huge wasted opportunity.


It is an odd group. Two teams that were actually worse than us are left in the running. While I'm not surprised we weren't finalists, we have bigger needs, but it would have at least been nice to be in the conversation.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:47 PM

I predict the White Sox win this then. Clearly. Konerko is going to be gone, Napoli and Ortiz are in Boston, and who wants to really play in Houston for that team?

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:55 PM

I predict the White Sox win this then. Clearly. Konerko is going to be gone, Napoli and Ortiz are in Boston, and who wants to really play in Houston for that team?

I don't think a guy coming from Cuba is going to care about anything except how much money he's going to get. I think the Astros will sign him if they really want him.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:56 PM

I predict the White Sox win this then. Clearly. Konerko is going to be gone, Napoli and Ortiz are in Boston, and who wants to really play in Houston for that team?


Which is yet another reason why the White Sox will be viewing the Twins in their rear view mirrors starting in 2014.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 04:23 PM

If he's a good hitter, we have plenty of positions he could supplant.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 04:33 PM

Do the presence of Willingham and Doumit keep the Twins from looking for a hitter or a player who may need to DH?

Doumit and Willingham are not part of the solution. Abreu could be. We could have given Willingham to the Orioles and used those dollars on someone who will be a longer term solution.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 05:51 PM

Do the presence of Willingham and Doumit keep the Twins from looking for a hitter or a player who may need to DH?

Doumit and Willingham are not part of the solution. Abreu could be. We could have given Willingham to the Orioles and used those dollars on someone who will be a longer term solution.


They absolutely are. It's part of why they need to go.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 06:31 PM

Per Ken Rosenthal twitter:

Jose Abreu finalizing terms on six-year, $68M deal. Club expected to be #WhiteSox. Deal will be largest first-time contract for int’l player


#18 jokin

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 06:49 PM

Per Ken Rosenthal twitter:


Wow. Shot ourselves in the foot yet again (relative to the AL Central). I guess that means the "all clear" is in place to sign 38-year old Konerko to a Thome-like contract then?

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 12:02 PM

Some teams take short cuts to winning, like signing reall good free agents. Others do it the only right way. /s

#20 pierre75275

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 12:57 PM

I really hope the first base plan for next yr is not a platoon of Parmalee and Colabello.

#21 Shane Wahl

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 02:05 PM

Called it, unfortunately.

#22 jokin

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 02:12 AM

Twins were never truly linked to Jose Abreu but now it is official we will not sign him. Jesse Sanchez, one of the best international prospects expert, wrote today that Abreu is officially down to three teams; Astros, Red Sox, and the White Sox. The Rangers, Mariners, and Giants showed strong interest in the slugger but are no longer in the running. Abreu Could sign in the next two weeks. Link to article below:

Cuban slugger Jose Abreu has narrowed choices to Astros, Red Sox, White Sox | whitesox.com: News


From MLB traderumors on Tuesday. It's now up to 8 teams that were apparently in the running, with supposedly 5 that were in it for the similar big dollars that he ultimately received (add the Rockies and one other to the big dollar list), and curiously, the Sox familiarity with past Cubans and their success with the organization was a significant factor:


1) "Also from the conference, Abreu himself stated (through his translator) that the history of Cuban players finding success in the White Sox organization was an important element for him in choosing to sign with the Sox.

2) Abreu's agent, Barry Praver, tells Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago that eight teams made offers to his client, and five of the offers hit $60+MM ([COLOR=#5b719b]Twitter link[/COLOR]). It's already [COLOR=#5b719b]been reported[/COLOR] that the Rockies were surprise contenders, offering $63MM over six years."


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