Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:29 PM
Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:30 PM
Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:35 PM
Still a lot of dough, but last year Ryan let the market develop and by the time it did, all we could get is Coreia. This year, Ryan made the market, and whether you like the signings or not, it will be tough to argue that the Twins overpaid.
Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:38 PM
Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:39 PM
Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:43 PM
I'm interested to know what people's expectations are for Mr. Hughes. Do people think he's going to average a 3.50 ERA? 4.00? 4.50? How many innings do people think he'll put up per year? Many people have talked about his "upside" and I'm curious to know what that means to people.
Something similar to but a bit better than his 2012 season - ERA+ 105 or so, 190+ innings or so, roughly 2+ WAR. I think he'll do well here.
Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:58 PM
Sure he could flame out, but given his history and his unfriendly home park, he's also got some serious upside -- and for a total investment less than one third the cost of Nolasco. This is the type of gamble they need to take, and it doesn't even use up their remaining budget. If he finally reaches anything near his potential, this is a steal. If he never pitches below a 5 ERA, it won't kill them. Plus his worst case scenario isn't even that bad, as he has experience as an effective reliever. I'm thrilled. Maybe that's just knee-jerk amazement that they signed two pitchers in three days, but hey, how often have we ever ever heard that sentence?
Posted 30 November 2013 - 11:05 PM
Next year a lot of big names could be hitting FA including Scherzer, Homer Bailey, Kershaw (gonna re up though, Shields, Masterson, and Lester. Not to mention some guys with options like Gallardo, Morrow, Brett Anderson, Cueto, and Bllingsley all having options next year. Could be some nice names to spend on next year. If the twins show enough improvement and some of the young prospects start to pan out, Minnesota could suddenly become a nice destination.