Found January 29, 2013 on
The Rhino and Compass:
Let me start out with a couple of facts. The Twins signed Kevin Correia for 2 years at 10 million dollars. The Twins signed Mike Pelfrey, coming off of Tommy John surgery, was signed for 1/4 (with bonuses). Scott Baker signed for 5.5 million for one season with the Cubs. Shaun Marcum was a primary target for the Twins by many accounts. Marcum signed with the Mets for 1/4, with up to 4 more million in bonuses.
Now, let me come to a few conclusions based in part on my opinions. Shaun Marcum is a better pitcher than Pelfrey and Correia. He is healthier than Pelfrey, despite a history of injury. Baker too, is coming off of Tommy John surgery, and therefore poses an injury risk. Now, Baker signed very early in the post season, and made it clear initially that the market was slightly tilted away from Minnesota. No home town discount, after all.
The Twins then signed Pelfrey and Correia while Marcum was still a free agent. Using the opinion that Marcum is a better pitcher than Correia or Pelfrey, and seeing how the market was set, I have to believe that the Twins offered Marcum more than 4 or even 5 million a year. I would even venture to guess they offered no less than the 5.5 million that Baker received with the Cubs, since Marcum was relatively healthy and there was no chance he was giving a home town discount.
As you saw, though, Marcum took less guaranteed money than Baker and Correia and the same guaranteed cash as Pelfrey. He took less money to avoid the Twins. Or so it seems. Perhaps the 4 million in incentives are easily attainable. Or perhaps there is something more troubling going on. Do free agents have issues with the organization? Is it the injury history in Minnesota? The fact that the team is rebuilding? No trust in Rick Anderson? Ron Gardenhire? Or do people just not want to come to Minnesota for some reason? Taxes? Cold weather? Because it’s the Midwest?
Suffice to say, I don’t think the problem with this off-season has been inactive, but a rather a perception of Minnesota, either the Twins or the state itself. I’ve said it before, though. We might as well embrace the guys that are here though, because they actually came.
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The Minnesota Twins are hoping to sign free agent
left-hander Joe Saunders to a one-year contract, and they are currently waiting
to hear back from the veteran’s agent, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500
A team source said on Friday the Twins are waiting to hear
back from left-hander Joe Saunders' agent, Greg Genske.
Wolfson notes that if Saunders...
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The 19-year-old Sano, widely regarded as the organization's top prospect, stopped Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau and had someone snap a picture of the veteran slugger with the young third baseman on Sano...
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As a result, he secured tickets to the BCS Championship game, which pitted the Crimson Tide against Notre Dame. Willingham and his family made the trip to Miami for the game,...
Carl Pavano's spleen was removed last week after the pitcher was injured when he fell in the snow.
The 37-year-old right-hander was hurt in mid-January at his home in Vermont and has been in a Connecticut hospital for nearly two weeks.
"He lost a lot of blood. It was very, very serious," agent David Pepe said Monday.
Pepe said Pavano didn't think he was seriously...
Carl Pavano, who pitched for the Minnesota Twins for the last 3 ½ seasons, has been hospitalized for the last two weeks in Connecticut after rupturing his spleen after falling while shoveling snow at his home. “He lost a lot of blood. It was very, very serious,” his agent, David Pepe, said Monday. [...]
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: October 27, 1985
Drafted: 1st Round, 25th overall pick, 2004 (Twins)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
High School: Farragut HS (Knoxville, TN)
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I don’t know, I don’t...
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My projected 2013 Mets Roster now takes shape as follows.
C : John Buck
1B: Ike Davis
2B: Daniel Murphy
SS: Ruben Tejada
3B: David Wright
OF: Lucas Duda
OF: Kirk Nieuwenhuis...
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Duda is expected to be the bright and shining star in the Mets OF (heck he was supposed to last year also) and it reminds me of when Pelfrey unfairly was expected to be the ace.
It’s as if we see glimmers of hope and rather than accept the guy for what he is – we magnify it to make him something he isn’t and raise...