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My Aggressive Plan to Sign Manny Machado


Vanimal46

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Let me preface this post by acknowledging that the odds are low Machado signs with the Twins in real life. With low odds, we need to be BOLD and aggressive right upfront to schedule a meeting with him.

 

Mr. Machado, I want you to remember 3 numbers. 60, 40, and 3. We'll go into more detail what those numbers represent.

 

Let's start with the first number, 60. That's the number (in millions) I'm willing to offer you to play for the Twins in 2019. The organization is in a great spot financially with little to no extensive contract commitments after 2019. No one in baseball will be within $20 million of your annual salary. I hope this gets your attention.

 

The second number is 40. And that will be your AAV of your contract with the Twins for the first 3 years of the contract. After the first year where you make $60 million, you'll drop down to $30 million and still be one of the top paid players in the game. Not even Mike Trout has an AAV of $40 million. I hope this gets your attention, Mr. Machado.

 

Now let's talk about the last number, 3. This number is especially important because it allows you to control your own destiny. I'm willing to offer 3 opt-out clauses for you after your the 3rd year of your contract. If the team is failing to contend, it's your prerogative to opt-out and play somewhere else. However, we're confident the next wave of prospects in our system will compliment you very well from years 4-6 of the contract.

 

So what do you think Mr. Machado? Is this bold enough for you to spend the next 6 years of your career with the Twins?

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5 years at 160 - 175 million should be a good offer! Last season owners were reluctant to spend huge on the players available, maybe a little common sense is entering the system. There are few rich teams that need a ss or 3rd baseman! Philadelphia could pursue him hard!

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5 years at 160 - 175 million should be a good offer! Last season owners were reluctant to spend huge on the players available, maybe a little common sense is entering the system. There are few rich teams that need a ss or 3rd baseman! Philadelphia could pursue him hard!

I think that's a fair offer, but I think they'll get outbid in years and numbers. 

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$60 million for one year? He's not worth that. No player is. If he plays 162 games, he would get about $370,000 PER GAME! Granted, he works for more than just 162 games a year (workouts, spring training, etc.), but that's a lot of money. And people complained about Mauer's $23 million a year deal.

 

$30 million a year for five years would be good. 

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$60 million for one year? He's not worth that. No player is. If he plays 162 games, he would get about $370,000 PER GAME! Granted, he works for more than just 162 games a year (workouts, spring training, etc.), but that's a lot of money. And people complained about Mauer's $23 million a year deal.

 

$30 million a year for five years would be good.

 

I'm sure it would be good, but I doubt they schedule a meeting with the Twins based off that proposal. $60 million is just for 1 season. During a year where the Twins have a ton of financial flexibility and can afford to front load the hell out of a contract.

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Count me in on this deal.  Makes sense financially for both the Twins and Machado.  $60M, even in a relatively low rate environment, can make you ton a of interest with nearly no risk.   

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Are you talking SS or 3B? Machado is a below average SS and above average 3B.

 

What are you figuring for the Twins payroll next year? I figure the Twins have less than $50M to spend next year if their payroll is $130M. Many would like to see the Twins add a starting pitcher, a shutdown reliever, a 2B.

 

Are you planning on the Twins contending next year (without those additions)? Will Machado sign for a non-contender?

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As long as people are being preposterous, with all the strike out pitchers the Twins have, or are going to have, with all of this financial flexibility, Grossman could play short.  Championship teams have to have pitching first.

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Are you talking SS or 3B? Machado is a below average SS and above average 3B.

 

What are you figuring for the Twins payroll next year? I figure the Twins have less than $50M to spend next year if their payroll is $130M. Many would like to see the Twins add a starting pitcher, a shutdown reliever, a 2B.

 

Are you planning on the Twins contending next year (without those additions)? Will Machado sign for a non-contender?

 

I would take Machado for either position, frankly. There's enough concern with Sano's bat where Machado can fill in there. Polanco is decent at SS and probably better suited for 2B.

 

As far as payroll, right now they have $32 million in committed salary. The commits already are Reed, Castro, and Pineda. In a couple of months MLBTradeRumors will release their arbitration projections and they're usually pretty accurate. I'm guessing it will take $30 million or so to sign our arbitration eligible players. So that leaves the Twins around $65 million.

 

I don't expect the Twins to match this year's payroll figure, but they have the ability to do so. They should at least be at $100 million so that leaves $35 million to work with.

 

Machado's first year figure of $60 million doesn't have to be as a salary. They could be creative and offer a portion of that as a signing bonus.

 

I am planning on the Twins contending next year. They almost have to in my mind. Chicago and Detroit aren't going to be this bad forever. If the Twins expect to do anything with the current core of players, something needs to be done.

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