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    Quote Originally Posted by Hosken Bombo Disco View Post
    Sounds like a good idea. I might even consider Meyer for this even though he doesn't have the Strasburg/Price/Hernandez pedigree from your list. Buxton & Meyer really seem to have their head in the right place though.
    I was thinking the same thing and I would add Stewart when the time comes. It appears likely we will receive close to a top 10 draft pick in 2015, and then not see that rarefied atmosphere for many years. We have no albatross contacts, and as much payroll flexibility as any team in baseball. I could see us considering Longoria type deals with Sano, Buxton, Meyer, Stewart, and our #5 in 2014.

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    I wouldn't do it with Meyer or any of our pitchers personally. (Not that quickly at least) it only takes one arm injury to completely destroy a career, where as a position player doesn't have to worry about that as much.

    With pitchers I think you at least wait 2-3 years into their major league career so you have some guess on how they can hold up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Major Leauge Ready View Post
    What about Dozier? I see on MLB rumors he is open to an extension. With him you have a floor that looks to be pretty high. You still might end up trading him and putting Rosario at 2B but a reasonable contract helps facilitate such a transaction.
    See, this is where this stuff starts to breakdown. You can toss extensions all over the place but doing so for unproven, shakey, or still developing players takes on a tremendous amount of risk.

    Should the Twins consider this option? Absolutely, if the stars line up and it makes sense for everyone - go nuts. But, as far as I can tell, this has happened for a significant player only twice in league history and one of those two guys is another roiding error away from being an awful investment. The stars don't align often, it shouldn't be planned on nor advocated as a common strategy IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
    Few things ruin threads more than this type of comment.
    Posting irrelevant comps about a couple of players that got hurt decades ago as a reason to avoid long term contracts is silly. Players get injured in baseball. It's reality regardless if you are dealing with a Buxton type (pre arb or even pre service time) or locking up a star to a 200M contract.

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    I think early long term contracts will soon become the norm for every club not named Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, and Dodgers. And Mike Trout's mega deal would be the most likely reason why.

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    Don't mean to pile on, but I'll start worrying about the Jackson comp once Buxton starts suiting up for the Vikings
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    Quote Originally Posted by Major Leauge Ready View Post
    What about Dozier? I see on MLB rumors he is open to an extension. With him you have a floor that looks to be pretty high. You still might end up trading him and putting Rosario at 2B but a reasonable contract helps facilitate such a transaction.
    I like Dozier. Love what I saw out of him last year. That being said, I need to see more than 4 good months to want to buy up his arb years and some free agency. By the time he hits FA, he will be going into his age 32 season. By that age, most players who aren't *special* are starting to significantly decline. I'll roll the dice with arbitration.
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