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Re: Jon Heyman: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

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Tommy_Hawk wrote:
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Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:35 pm
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The thought of Donaldson in the everyday lineup makes my nipples hard. However, I would really really really like to see the Twins sign an Ace, former Ace, Wannabe Ace. We all know that's what they need to have a realistic chance at anything. I feel like if you have a legitimate #1 on your staff, even if his prime years are behind him, he sets the tone for the rotation and elevates the other guys.
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Giants> Zito to Lincecum to Cain to Bumgarner

Ect, ect.

Twins> Radke>Milton>Santana>Liriano(kind of)>Moon Shot Scott>Scott Diamond>Pavano>Worley>Pelfrey>Santana>Berrios

Yuck.
Barry Zito? Not in SF. The interesting point with your list (not Zito) is they were all developed by the team.

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Re: Jon Heyman: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

Post by Tommy_Hawk » Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:36 pm

The Replacements wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:19 pm
Tommy_Hawk wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:53 pm
Nancy Jr wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:35 pm


I'm on Team Tommy.
Look at the Cardinals. They go from Carpenter to Wainwright to Martinez to Flaherty.

Giants> Zito to Lincecum to Cain to Bumgarner

Ect, ect.

Twins> Radke>Milton>Santana>Liriano(kind of)>Moon Shot Scott>Scott Diamond>Pavano>Worley>Pelfrey>Santana>Berrios

Yuck.
Barry Zito? Not in SF. The interesting point with your list (not Zito) is they were all developed by the team.
Right. My contention is the Twins are unable to develop one (since Santana) themselves so they need to bring one in to start the trend. There's plenty of potential horses in the farm, let them learn from a real Ace, preferably a Cy Young Winner and WS Champion i.e.--Keuchel. This is why Bumgarner intrigued me so much. I'd also give up Royce and Buxton for Thor. It sucks, but I feel like that's the move. It's evident bats can be had a plenty in FA, or at the break.
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Re: Jon Heyman: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

Post by weimy froob » Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:40 pm

Tommy_Hawk wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:36 pm
The Replacements wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:19 pm
Tommy_Hawk wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:53 pm


Look at the Cardinals. They go from Carpenter to Wainwright to Martinez to Flaherty.

Giants> Zito to Lincecum to Cain to Bumgarner

Ect, ect.

Twins> Radke>Milton>Santana>Liriano(kind of)>Moon Shot Scott>Scott Diamond>Pavano>Worley>Pelfrey>Santana>Berrios

Yuck.
Barry Zito? Not in SF. The interesting point with your list (not Zito) is they were all developed by the team.
Right. My contention is the Twins are unable to develop one (since Santana) themselves so they need to bring one in to start the trend. There's plenty of potential horses in the farm, let them learn from a real Ace, preferably a Cy Young Winner and WS Champion i.e.--Keuchel. This is why Bumgarner intrigued me so much. I'd also give up Royce and Buxton for Thor. It sucks, but I feel like that's the move. It's evident bats can be had a plenty in FA, or at the break.
i still couldn't do a buxton for thor deal.

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Re: Jon Heyman: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

Post by Tommy_Hawk » Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:45 pm

weimy froob wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:40 pm
Tommy_Hawk wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:36 pm
The Replacements wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:19 pm


Barry Zito? Not in SF. The interesting point with your list (not Zito) is they were all developed by the team.
Right. My contention is the Twins are unable to develop one (since Santana) themselves so they need to bring one in to start the trend. There's plenty of potential horses in the farm, let them learn from a real Ace, preferably a Cy Young Winner and WS Champion i.e.--Keuchel. This is why Bumgarner intrigued me so much. I'd also give up Royce and Buxton for Thor. It sucks, but I feel like that's the move. It's evident bats can be had a plenty in FA, or at the break.
i still couldn't do a buxton for thor deal.
I get where you are coming from but Syndergaard is only 27, and Buxton is already 26. Who's had a much, MUCH more promising career thus far?
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Re: Jon Heyman: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

Post by weimy froob » Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:49 pm

Tommy_Hawk wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:45 pm
weimy froob wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:40 pm
Tommy_Hawk wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:36 pm


Right. My contention is the Twins are unable to develop one (since Santana) themselves so they need to bring one in to start the trend. There's plenty of potential horses in the farm, let them learn from a real Ace, preferably a Cy Young Winner and WS Champion i.e.--Keuchel. This is why Bumgarner intrigued me so much. I'd also give up Royce and Buxton for Thor. It sucks, but I feel like that's the move. It's evident bats can be had a plenty in FA, or at the break.
i still couldn't do a buxton for thor deal.
I get where you are coming from but Syndergaard is only 27, and Buxton is already 26. Who's had a much, MUCH more promising career thus far?
i understand where you're coming from-still can't do. he was putting together a special season last year when the injuries hit. i think his health is the most important off-season story for the team. 100 percent and they're the overwhelming favorites to win the division imo. try to build a legitimate starting rotation some other way.

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Re: Jon Heyman: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

Post by Tommy_Hawk » Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:57 pm

weimy froob wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:49 pm
Tommy_Hawk wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:45 pm
weimy froob wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:40 pm


i still couldn't do a buxton for thor deal.
I get where you are coming from but Syndergaard is only 27, and Buxton is already 26. Who's had a much, MUCH more promising career thus far?
i understand where you're coming from-still can't do. he was putting together a special season last year when the injuries hit. i think his health is the most important off-season story for the team. 100 percent and they're the overwhelming favorites to win the division imo. try to build a legitimate starting rotation some other way.
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Re: Jon Heyman: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

Post by RubeTube » Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:20 pm

There is absolutely no way the Twins give Donaldson a 100 million dollar contract.

I don't buy it at all.

Not only can't I see them making this deal, it makes absolutely no sense imo. They don't need to spend 100 million on another position player.

Should have got a pitcher if you were going to spend that.

Don't believe it though. Probably another "Leak" to make fans believe they were in on him.
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Buxton adds a whole helluva lot on defense. More than think people realize.
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Re: Jon Heyman: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

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Sergeant Rubetube wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:20 pm
There is absolutely no way the Twins give Donaldson a 100 million dollar contract.

I don't buy it at all.

Not only can't I see them making this deal, it makes absolutely no sense imo. They don't need to spend 100 million on another position player.

Should have got a pitcher if you were going to spend that.

Don't believe it though. Probably another "Leak" to make fans believe they were in on him.
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Re: Jon Heyman: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

Post by Small Hands » Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:25 am

weimy froob wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:49 pm
Tommy_Hawk wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:45 pm
weimy froob wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:40 pm


i still couldn't do a buxton for thor deal.
I get where you are coming from but Syndergaard is only 27, and Buxton is already 26. Who's had a much, MUCH more promising career thus far?
i understand where you're coming from-still can't do. he was putting together a special season last year when the injuries hit. i think his health is the most important off-season story for the team. 100 percent and they're the overwhelming favorites to win the division imo. try to build a legitimate starting rotation some other way.
That's the story with him every season. He can't stay healthy. He's glass joe. Buxton has played 5 seasons and has appeared in 100+ games in 1 of those seasons. He had a solid season offensively going last season. Special is a huge stretch. He had an .827 OPS in 87 games. Special to me is in the 1.000's. Yes, defensively he is a special player, but offensively he's not there yet. I think he'll hang it up early, because he can't stay healthy. Plus, eventually his production will be stunted because of the injuries as well.

Buxton had a 3.1 WAR last season. Very solid when you take into account his defense. Cruz had a 4.3 WAR and didn't play a lick of defense. That is special my man. Buxton isn't there yet, and possibly won't get there if he can't stay off the IL.

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Re: Jon Heyman: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

Post by weimy froob » Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:55 am

Small Hands wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:25 am
weimy froob wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:49 pm
Tommy_Hawk wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:45 pm


I get where you are coming from but Syndergaard is only 27, and Buxton is already 26. Who's had a much, MUCH more promising career thus far?
i understand where you're coming from-still can't do. he was putting together a special season last year when the injuries hit. i think his health is the most important off-season story for the team. 100 percent and they're the overwhelming favorites to win the division imo. try to build a legitimate starting rotation some other way.
That's the story with him every season. He can't stay healthy. He's glass joe. Buxton has played 5 seasons and has appeared in 100+ games in 1 of those seasons. He had a solid season offensively going last season. Special is a huge stretch. He had an .827 OPS in 87 games. Special to me is in the 1.000's. Yes, defensively he is a special player, but offensively he's not there yet. I think he'll hang it up early, because he can't stay healthy. Plus, eventually his production will be stunted because of the injuries as well.
i felt that buxton was just hitting his stride when he suffered that injury in cleveland and was a big part of their winning at the time-just being in the lineup. i think they had the best record in the AL at the time and they won 3 of four against the indians. was it three straight when he got injured saturday night and then lost the sunday game without him in the lineup? that's what it feels like to me right now-not sure.

they also suffered that long stretch of basically .500 ball with him out of the lineup. i think he was the MVP of the team at the time he dove for that ball.

long story short-i'm not ready to move away from him yet. i know the history-but i'm still buying hope on him staying healthy and becoming that type of player that can help you get to the WS.

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Re: Jon Heyman: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

Post by Tuck ya in » Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:16 am

salamander wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:41 pm
Buxton adds a whole helluva lot on defense. More than think people realize.
While I totally agree, the guy is built from glass.

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Re: Jon Heyman: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

Post by The Replacements » Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:12 am

Buxton was a 3 win player while playing in only 87 games. You have 3 years of control (Age 26-28) left so why not keep the best years of Buxton on your roster. He's still a huge difference maker playing in 100 games and maybe you get lucky and he plays a full season.


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Follow-up on Donaldson/#MNTwins: there's been darn near daily dialogue between the sides. He also sees a ton of appeal of facing AL Central pitching vs. NL East. Will $$ talk loudest in the end? Likely. No sense the Twins have a final offer on the table. More on @SKORNorth at 5.
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I'll have faith that it will happen until it doesn't....that's all any of us can do.

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LOL. They are trying really hard guys. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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twins going to get this done? i'm getting more optimistic that they just might.

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twins going to get this done? i'm getting more optimistic that they just might.
Don't do that to yourself.

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From mlbtraderumors:
Assessing The State Of The Josh Donaldson Market

By Steve Adams and Jeff Todd | January 9, 2020 at 7:14am CDT


While most of this year’s top-tier free agents could stuff new-team swag in their family’s stockings, veteran third baseman Josh Donaldson remains unsigned a third of the way through January. That’s nothing compared to the laborious matchmaking processes we witnessed last year. And it’s hardly uncommon historically. But it does leave us with at least one protracted offseason drama to witness.

It has seemed at times as if momentum could be building toward a signing. But the latest run of reporting injects new uncertainty into the body of publicly reported information regarding the bidding.

Perhaps growing impatient with the increasingly drawn-out nature of the Donaldson negotiations, and/or seeking leverage in talks, the Twins have begun to explore the trade market for alternative approaches to improving their club, Dan Hayes and Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic report (subscription required). The Twins, per the report, have “seen an uptick” in the volume of trade talks over the past three days as they explore additions at a variety of positions. The club isn’t limiting itself to corner infield options and remains open to adding a starting pitcher if the opportunity presents itself.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty writes that the Nationals have “all but moved on from Donaldson.” That’s perhaps contradictory with recent reporting indicating that the Nats haven’t pulled their offer, but the two could also coexist. It’s plausible, for instance, that the Nationals could leave their previously standing offer on the table but that the team also doesn’t intend to actively pursue a signing and doesn’t expect to land Donaldson. At minimum, with Starlin Castro, Howie Kendrick, Eric Thames and Asdrubal Cabrera all in the fray, the D.C. org obviously feels no pressure to push up its bid.

At this point, it’s fair to wonder just how close the Donaldson camp will get to the third baseman’s reported asking price — said just a few days ago to sit in the vicinity of $110MM. Ever since Anthony Rendon signed, we’ve heard talk of heavy interest in Donaldson. And an expectation has emerged more recently that he would enter the rarefied nine-figure realm. Indeed, as we discussed last week, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported that the Twins, Nationals and Braves “all have four-year offers out to [Donaldson] in that $100MM range.”

What exactly constitutes the “$100MM range” is perhaps subject to some degree of interpretation, but the most recent reports out of Minnesota and Atlanta don’t exactly dovetail with that line of thinking. 1500 SKOR North radio’s Darren Wolfson suggested that the Twins’ offer was more in the $80-85MM range, while MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reported on doubt as to whether the Atlanta organization was even close to the top bidder.

Notably, Dougherty writes in the aforementioned Washington Post column that the Nationals did indeed make a four-year, $100MM offer to Donaldson. But it’s important to bear in mind that, with the Nationals more than any other club, the surface-level number of an offer can be somewhat misleading. The Nationals utilize deferred money in their long-term contracts more than any club in baseball, and while there’s been no firm indication that their offer to Donaldson marked a continuation of that trend, it’d hardly be a surprise to learn that’s indeed the case. The Nats, after all, have baked deferrals into the contracts of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin, Anibal Sanchez and Matt Wieters in recent years. One of the primary reasons that Rendon was said to have spurned Washington’s final extension offer (seven years, $215MM) was because of significant deferred monies.

The question, then, is where the price pressure will come from at this point if Donaldson and his reps at MVP Sports Group are truly determined to secure a deal in the vicinity of that reported $110MM price point. That Donaldson remains unsigned well into January — Hayes notes that the Twins originally believed he preferred to sign prior to Christmas — suggests that none of the bidders have been willing to do so. And the loss of the Nationals as a driving force could leave Donaldson with two highly cost-conscious organizations patiently engaged in a staring contest.

MVP was able to find $300MM for Manny Machado last February, so we may presume some patience on that side of the table as well. But it’s tougher in this case to identify a club that could emerge as a viable nine-figure suitor for an already 34-year-old third baseman, even after an elite 2019 season. The Dodgers, Rangers, Phillies, and others could afford to but haven’t shown any appetite for a massive, lengthy pact. One or more of those clubs could in theory jolt the market a bit by dangling higher-AAV, shorter-term offers. But even in that scenario, getting into the desired realm would still require prodding the Atlanta and/or Minnesota organizations into stretching their valuations yet further. It could ultimately turn out that D.C. is the only place Donaldson can reach the century mark — even if only in nominal form, depending upon deferrals — though that could certainly still change.

It was always going to be difficult to push Donaldson into this rarefied air. As we debated our top 50 free agent list, we felt there’d be broad and strong interest in the hot corner stalwart. But we ultimately capped the prediction at three years and $75MM based upon his age and health history.

To be sure, we’ve rarely seen a player of quite this present-day ability available on the open market at this precise age. But the data points available suggest that teams have been unwilling both to extend on the length of the deal and to pay a premium annual salary. Kevin Brown was the original $100MM player. So far as we can ascertain, he’s also still the only man to receive a total promise of that magnitude entering his age-34 or later season. (The news of his signing was met with rather boldly stated consternation from some notable figures around the game.) Carlos Beltran was a monster in 2011, his age-34 season, but settled for a two-year, $26M deal in the ensuing winter. His health and performance trajectory in advance of free agency closely mirror those of Donaldson. Much more recently, Ben Zobrist secured four years, but at a relatively modest $56MM guarantee. Defensively limited slugger Edwin Encarnacion took down $60MM over three years entering his age-34 season.

That history hardly constitutes binding precedent. The market is made anew every winter. But there are other headwinds here for Donaldson, with aging curves trending younger and many MLB teams clearly prioritizing long-term payroll flexibility. This winter set up about as well as he could’ve hoped — he turned in a huge bounceback season, leaguewide spending has trended back up, and demand at third base has handily outstripped supply — but making it to his reported target salary always was and still remains an ambitious undertaking.

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Style wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:58 am
From mlbtraderumors:
Assessing The State Of The Josh Donaldson Market

By Steve Adams and Jeff Todd | January 9, 2020 at 7:14am CDT


While most of this year’s top-tier free agents could stuff new-team swag in their family’s stockings, veteran third baseman Josh Donaldson remains unsigned a third of the way through January. That’s nothing compared to the laborious matchmaking processes we witnessed last year. And it’s hardly uncommon historically. But it does leave us with at least one protracted offseason drama to witness.

It has seemed at times as if momentum could be building toward a signing. But the latest run of reporting injects new uncertainty into the body of publicly reported information regarding the bidding.

Perhaps growing impatient with the increasingly drawn-out nature of the Donaldson negotiations, and/or seeking leverage in talks, the Twins have begun to explore the trade market for alternative approaches to improving their club, Dan Hayes and Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic report (subscription required). The Twins, per the report, have “seen an uptick” in the volume of trade talks over the past three days as they explore additions at a variety of positions. The club isn’t limiting itself to corner infield options and remains open to adding a starting pitcher if the opportunity presents itself.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty writes that the Nationals have “all but moved on from Donaldson.” That’s perhaps contradictory with recent reporting indicating that the Nats haven’t pulled their offer, but the two could also coexist. It’s plausible, for instance, that the Nationals could leave their previously standing offer on the table but that the team also doesn’t intend to actively pursue a signing and doesn’t expect to land Donaldson. At minimum, with Starlin Castro, Howie Kendrick, Eric Thames and Asdrubal Cabrera all in the fray, the D.C. org obviously feels no pressure to push up its bid.

At this point, it’s fair to wonder just how close the Donaldson camp will get to the third baseman’s reported asking price — said just a few days ago to sit in the vicinity of $110MM. Ever since Anthony Rendon signed, we’ve heard talk of heavy interest in Donaldson. And an expectation has emerged more recently that he would enter the rarefied nine-figure realm. Indeed, as we discussed last week, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported that the Twins, Nationals and Braves “all have four-year offers out to [Donaldson] in that $100MM range.”

What exactly constitutes the “$100MM range” is perhaps subject to some degree of interpretation, but the most recent reports out of Minnesota and Atlanta don’t exactly dovetail with that line of thinking. 1500 SKOR North radio’s Darren Wolfson suggested that the Twins’ offer was more in the $80-85MM range, while MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reported on doubt as to whether the Atlanta organization was even close to the top bidder.

Notably, Dougherty writes in the aforementioned Washington Post column that the Nationals did indeed make a four-year, $100MM offer to Donaldson. But it’s important to bear in mind that, with the Nationals more than any other club, the surface-level number of an offer can be somewhat misleading. The Nationals utilize deferred money in their long-term contracts more than any club in baseball, and while there’s been no firm indication that their offer to Donaldson marked a continuation of that trend, it’d hardly be a surprise to learn that’s indeed the case. The Nats, after all, have baked deferrals into the contracts of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin, Anibal Sanchez and Matt Wieters in recent years. One of the primary reasons that Rendon was said to have spurned Washington’s final extension offer (seven years, $215MM) was because of significant deferred monies.

The question, then, is where the price pressure will come from at this point if Donaldson and his reps at MVP Sports Group are truly determined to secure a deal in the vicinity of that reported $110MM price point. That Donaldson remains unsigned well into January — Hayes notes that the Twins originally believed he preferred to sign prior to Christmas — suggests that none of the bidders have been willing to do so. And the loss of the Nationals as a driving force could leave Donaldson with two highly cost-conscious organizations patiently engaged in a staring contest.

MVP was able to find $300MM for Manny Machado last February, so we may presume some patience on that side of the table as well. But it’s tougher in this case to identify a club that could emerge as a viable nine-figure suitor for an already 34-year-old third baseman, even after an elite 2019 season. The Dodgers, Rangers, Phillies, and others could afford to but haven’t shown any appetite for a massive, lengthy pact. One or more of those clubs could in theory jolt the market a bit by dangling higher-AAV, shorter-term offers. But even in that scenario, getting into the desired realm would still require prodding the Atlanta and/or Minnesota organizations into stretching their valuations yet further. It could ultimately turn out that D.C. is the only place Donaldson can reach the century mark — even if only in nominal form, depending upon deferrals — though that could certainly still change.

It was always going to be difficult to push Donaldson into this rarefied air. As we debated our top 50 free agent list, we felt there’d be broad and strong interest in the hot corner stalwart. But we ultimately capped the prediction at three years and $75MM based upon his age and health history.

To be sure, we’ve rarely seen a player of quite this present-day ability available on the open market at this precise age. But the data points available suggest that teams have been unwilling both to extend on the length of the deal and to pay a premium annual salary. Kevin Brown was the original $100MM player. So far as we can ascertain, he’s also still the only man to receive a total promise of that magnitude entering his age-34 or later season. (The news of his signing was met with rather boldly stated consternation from some notable figures around the game.) Carlos Beltran was a monster in 2011, his age-34 season, but settled for a two-year, $26M deal in the ensuing winter. His health and performance trajectory in advance of free agency closely mirror those of Donaldson. Much more recently, Ben Zobrist secured four years, but at a relatively modest $56MM guarantee. Defensively limited slugger Edwin Encarnacion took down $60MM over three years entering his age-34 season.

That history hardly constitutes binding precedent. The market is made anew every winter. But there are other headwinds here for Donaldson, with aging curves trending younger and many MLB teams clearly prioritizing long-term payroll flexibility. This winter set up about as well as he could’ve hoped — he turned in a huge bounceback season, leaguewide spending has trended back up, and demand at third base has handily outstripped supply — but making it to his reported target salary always was and still remains an ambitious undertaking.
good article. twins info especially. hope they decide to get another SP before spring training begins.

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Re: Jon Heyman: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

Post by Thrillkill » Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:52 pm

Thrillkill wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:59 pm
Anyone remember this Sano guy? You will when he hits 50 HR's next year.

Spending big on a position player is asinine. You spend on a starter or you spend on extending guys early at a bargain.
:lol: This guy gets it.

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Re: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

Post by full force five » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:54 pm

Todd Frazier signed for 1 year 5 million, another 3rd base option gone.

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Re: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

Post by Sid Hartman » Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:14 pm

full force five wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:54 pm
Todd Frazier signed for 1 year 5 million, another 3rd base option gone.
5M = like $20m to Pohlad’s
Andrew Wiggins fucking sucks...if you defend this clown you don’t know shit about basketball

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Re: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

Post by MickHud » Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:34 pm

Frazier strikes out a lot. No thanks.

One thing people seem to be missing. Donaldson can DH when Cruz leaves. Vs being in the NL. I hope the Twins can up the offer a bit and sign him.

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Re: Jon Heyman: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

Post by bombers3shooter » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:51 am

Thrillkill wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:59 pm
Anyone remember this Sano guy? You will when he hits 50 HR's next year.

Spending big on a position player is asinine. You spend on a starter or you spend on extending guys early at a bargain.
The same guy that comes in fatter every year and gets hurt every year? If Sano were to miss time right now what are we looking at? A steady dose of Adrianza and Marwin Gonzalez?

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Re: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

Post by full force five » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:42 am

Not saying Frazier is a long term solution but at 1 year 5 million, that about a dirt cheap as it gets. Right now Sano is at 3rd and Marvin is a first (I think)? Why not bring back Cron? This is a historically pitiful off season for a traditionally shitty front office. Twins fans should be irate.

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Re: Twins extend 4 year offer for Josh Donaldson

Post by Drizzay » Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:52 pm

Ladies and gentlemen...we got him.

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