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    Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
    I don't know if the Twins' offer is still on the table (Antony apparently didn't totally disavow it) but I just don't think it matters.

    There hasn't been much come out today except the possibility of a one-year deal with Atlanta given the injury status of Medlen and Beachy.

    I don't think the comp pick is an issue next year if he signs a one-year deal this year but that is just from memory.

    I still don't think that 3/$33m is really in the ballpark. Heyman (who seems to be pretty on top of this story) seems to think that Santana is still looking for 4 years at around $50 million. http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/writer/...he-ervin-derby




    If the 4th year is an important part of the equation to him (and I read somewhere else that it was), I don't see the Twins going that far based on Antony's comments tonight.

    It still looks to me like this is primarily among Santana's one-year suitors. The question is which one -- and now it looks like Toronto, Baltimore and Atlanta might be interested.
    That 4-year preference conforms precisely with Berardino's source who said that Santana would be interested in the Twins offer if they guaranteed the 4th year- so the money is apparently not that far off- $11M AAV vs. $12.5M AAV. But you're probably correct, Antony is pulling back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
    Trading Gibson would be a mistake. His stock is at an all-time low right now. It makes far more sense to just wave goodbye to Diamond, Worley, and Deduno and don't look back.
    Unless the Twins have a different viewpoint on Gibson than this board has. If they saw enough last year to lose confidence in his chances to succeed and in their minds he has been passed up by Meyer, May, Darnell, Gilmartin, etc... then they should trade him for whatever they can get back before his stock plummets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
    In any case, Ervin Santana and his inconsistent career aren't going to make any significant changes on ticket sales.
    Perhaps not on the 2014 season ticket sales but if Santana were to come to Minnesota and put up a sub-3.50 ERA season I think it would certainly add to the 2015 season ticket sales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kab21 View Post
    I didn't want to lose this quote.

    I would rate our offense as a bigger problem currently but at least there are quite a few great prospects on the way to save it. Our pitching hopes rest on Meyer and there is a little hope that Gibson could become what Santana is. That really doesn't make it a great idea to pass on him imo.
    But don't take it out of context either. This is still not a good staff, but the Twins have already tossed a lot of commitments into it. FA will still happen next year and they can add more then, especially if they have shed some of these players and have more clarity about their youth.

    We're not talking about passing up on an ace here, we're talking about adding another fourth starter on a good team that will continue to push Correia/Pelfrey into an interference role with young player development. There would be far better ways to allocate this money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
    Have the Twins confirmed the offer is on the table? I had not read that. Sounds to me like more bad reporting.
    Hey, earlier in the thread, you said this:

    Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
    The Twins have a strict policy to not reveal this information until all is said and done. They have reported that they made offers to people like Garza. But only after he signed elsewhere.
    So if you are asking for confirmation from the Twins, about an ongoing negotiation, by your own admission you're basically demanding evidence that cannot exist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
    This is what bothers me about this purported deal. This year, he would be an upgrade over Correia. But I think he'll be below Nolasco, Hughes, Gibson and Deduno. Next year, he'd be below those four plus Meyer.
    Deduno? You project Deduno as better than Ervin Santana, not only for 2014 but also 2015? Deduno, whose FIP/xFIP, K/9, and BB/9 were all worse than Santana last year, in half the innings? Deduno, whose season last year ended early due to shoulder surgery? Who only has 192 career MLB innings? Who hasn't pitched more than 138 innings in any professional season, ever? Who is only 8 months younger than Santana?

    You made some fair points in the Drew debates, but this is wild. Methinks you are severely underestimating the value of established MLB performance.

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    [QUOTE=TheLeviathan;202422]But don't take it out of context either. This is still not a good staff, but the Twins have already tossed a lot of commitments into it. FA will still happen next year and they can add more then, especially if they have shed some of these players and have more clarity about their youth.

    I agree with your statement that this is still not a great staff. However, for the first time in 3-4 years, we have a competent starting rotation with pitchers that deserve to be in the major leagues so based on that low bar, we should be better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtung View Post
    Unless the Twins have a different viewpoint on Gibson than this board has. If they saw enough last year to lose confidence in his chances to succeed and in their minds he has been passed up by Meyer, May, Darnell, Gilmartin, etc... then they should trade him for whatever they can get back before his stock plummets.
    By all accounts the Twins are going to give Gibson plenty of chances to succeed, I think us fans who were so desperate for ANY starting pitching to come from within the system a lot of us assumed Gibson would be a savior. At this point, honestly he looks more like a possible #3 then a top rotation guy (which is OK). Gibson hasn't been passed by anyone IMO.

    Back to the discussion about Santana, I think you absolutely bring him in if the terms are reasonable (3 years), the starting pitching depth in this system is still very weak, Gibson and Meyer are the only two who look to have impacts possibly in the next 2 years. Guys like May, Berrios, Stewart etc are either still 3-4 years away (Stewart) or hugggggggge question marks (May/Berrios)

    All it takes is one army injury to one of Gibson/Meyer and the system is effectively baron again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
    I agree- bad reporting could be the culprit, or misdirection from the club or the agent. It's just what's currently out there. And Anthony's comments bear no resemblance to Rosenthal's. So many questions.

    Berardino is doing the main frontline reporting on this, he's apparently got his ironclad source on the story (agent?), here's what he said last night:

    "Six weeks after falling short in their pursuit of Matt Garza, the Twins are still trying to add to their starting rotation.
    According to a person with direct knowledge, the Twins have made an offer to free-agent right-hander Ervin Santana. That offer remained on the table as of late Sunday, the person said, but it was unclear if Santana was inclined to accept it.
    According to CBS Sports.com, the Twins’ offer was for three years at an undisclosed sum.
    However, the person with direct knowledge indicated the Twins could greatly improve their chances of landing Santana if they were to guarantee a fourth year on his contract."
    It is tempting to offer a vested 4th year based on innings. That way you are protected from an injury perspective. But with the depth we have, this is not a deal that we have to do. So giving this guy a 4 year deal when the next best offer is a 1 or 2 year deal seems a little nuts. I think a take it or leave it 3 year deal makes sense. There will be free agents next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
    Back to the discussion about Santana, I think you absolutely bring him in if the terms are reasonable (3 years)
    Dave, what would you offer on a 3 year contract?

    Do you think $40 million would lure him to Minnesota? Less? More? Just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
    I don't think the comp pick is an issue next year if he signs a one-year deal this year but that is just from memory.
    The comp pick would still be a possibility for Santana next year, unless he played less than a full season with a team this year (i.e. traded mid-year like Garza, or if he waited to sign until April).

    Stephen Drew was a one-year contract for Boston last year, and he was still eligible to be made a "qualifying offer" and net a comp pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spycake View Post
    The comp pick would still be a possibility for Santana next year, unless he played less than a full season with a team this year (i.e. traded mid-year like Garza, or if he waited to sign until April).

    Stephen Drew was a one-year contract for Boston last year, and he was still eligible to be made a "qualifying offer" and net a comp pick.

    Question: Can the FA and the team agree in the contract that the team will not make a Qualifying Offer to the FA at the end of the year?

    That would be a way to avoid the compensatory draft pick problem.

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    I listened to Lavelle Neal's interview with ROb Anthony KFAN and did not sound to me like the Twins are out on Ervin Santana. It just sounded like Anthony didn't want to discuss a player that they may be negotiating with or may have recently negotiated with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
    And yet many other reports say Santana wants one year, not multiple years. So this source with direct knowledge is implying a method to improve their chances that directly contradicts the majority of other reports.
    It's not a contradiction at all. Santana may currently prefer a 1 year deal to the 3/33 offer out there, but that doesn't mean he'd necessarily prefer 1 year over an improved 4/44 offer.

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    Ya, I don't know why anyone expects the Twins to confirm something as it is happening, one way or the other.
    Lighten up Francis....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
    Question: Can the FA and the team agree in the contract that the team will not make a Qualifying Offer to the FA at the end of the year?

    That would be a way to avoid the compensatory draft pick problem.
    I believe this is possible and I think it has happened before. I want to say Orlando Cabrera maybe did this? Signed a 1 year deal and the terms specificed the team can't offer arbitration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
    Question: Can the FA and the team agree in the contract that the team will not make a Qualifying Offer to the FA at the end of the year?
    No, this is not possible.

    It used to be possible with the old arbitration system, but it is not anymore, and is expressly forbidden in the bargaining agreement.

    You might be able to sneak under that with a handshake agreement, but with so few Qualifying Offer FAs, it would invite a lot of scrutiny.

    The better and more likely outcome is that QO FAs will start with more reasonable demands, or negotiate earlier in the offseason. I'm pretty sure Santana could have gotten his 4/50 or better if his demands had been in that ballpark to begin with (or if he had adjusted his demands anytime through January, probably).

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    Quote Originally Posted by spycake View Post
    It's not a contradiction at all. Santana may currently prefer a 1 year deal to the 3/33 offer out there, but that doesn't mean he'd necessarily prefer 1 year over an improved 4/44 offer.
    My read on this whole thing is the 1 year route is a ruse to try and get a 4th year from us or someone else.

    If his options are 3/33 here or 1/14 with Toronto, I think he will ultimately accept our deal (or a similar 3 year deal with a better team is one exists). If he signs here, KC is shipped out of town and I would love to see those two things happen. He is a definitive upgrade over KC and under a reasonable deal for a longer period.

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    The Twins do seem to have a lot of pitchers under contract, but remember that two of them (Hughes and Pelfrey) are still very speculative gambles (and were priced accordingly), and the other (Nolasco) was mostly a safe, durability/stability-type acquisition, and a bit of a gamble too (on the predictive power of xFIP).

    So there is definitely room for improvement there. Doesn't necessarily have to be now, but this does appear to be a good offseason to add midrange SP at reasonable contracts. No reason to pass up a better pitcher than those currently under contract (like Santana) if he is available at a discount now (like 3/33 or similar would represent). Same with Garza (I actually wish we been a hair more aggressive with him, and made the same offer as the Brewers).

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    Quote Originally Posted by tobi0040 View Post
    If his options are 3/33 here or 1/14 with Toronto, I think he will ultimately accept our deal (or a similar 3 year deal with a better team is one exists).
    Not necessarily. For that to be true, he'd have to think he is unlikely to get better than 2/19 next offseason, which seems very low. Heck, someone was willing to pay him 1/12 (plus a minor leaguer) for 2013 even coming off a poor 2012. True, the extra $19 mil guaranteed now would be tempting, but to a man who's already made $43 mil in his career, he's probably willing to play with reasonable odds.

    Now, up the money (3/39? 3/42?) or add a fourth year and things start to get a little more interesting. He knows the midrange starter market is around 4/50, and he'll only be a year older next year, and not being an "ace" type pitcher, I don't think he's likely to have a performance that could move him beyond that 4/50 class of pitcher.

    It will be interesting to see what he settles for.

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