No deals yet, but Twins make offers in live pitching market

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 6, 2012 - 7:49 AM

As the winter meetings wrap up, player movement could escalate.

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bobo72Dec. 5, 1211:24 PM

Listening to Terry Ryan...he's so out of his league at this point. He acts like it's still 1994. The game has just zipped right by him, and it pains me to think that any savvy fan can't see that. Just listening to his ridiculous statements (or lack thereof) makes me vomit in my mouth.

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rodneyklineDec. 6, 12 2:33 AM

Signing Grienke is the smartest investment move and it would also make signing others easier. People would take notice that the Twins are serious about getting back to being competitive. It is a choice of another $90-$100 million payroll for a losing team primarily due to having no clear #1 or #2 starter even if they get any of the pitchers they are trying to sign. With Grienke in the mix, payroll goes to $110-$120 million but now it is a team that can compete. TR still does everything he was going to do before signing Grienke but now we have an ace to anchor the rotation for the rest of the decade. Which would you do if it were your money? I would much rather have the $120m payroll with Grienke because that will pretty much assure that Target field is back to being the hottest ticket in the Twin Cities! Not to mention the increases in all the other revenue areas by having a foundation for a winning franchise now that we have the ace we need so badly. Save that $20 million and they will see attendance drop more every year and all the revenue areas dropping. There is no question in my mind that they more than make up for the $20 million in extra payroll by doing much more in increased revenue every year. Plus they make good on their promise to field a competitive team EVERY year if they got their stadium.

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rodneyklineDec. 6, 12 2:43 AM

Jim Pohlad has not ever showed that he is a cheapskate like his Father but he does show that he is a smart business man like his Dad. Signing Grienke is the smartest business decision. Don't spend the $30 million he has on the 4 average starters we need, spend $50 million on those same 4 guys and Grienke. TR could even replace one of the four with Grienke and save about $5-$10 million or so. This is the business decision with the best chance of making the most money. I truly believe this. If we don't have an ace on the staff, then dump payroll to $80 million and play the kids again because going to $100 million will not make us competitive in my opinion.

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Jakein08Dec. 6, 12 6:47 AM

Grienke did not have that great of a year last year, did he? Is he still worth what the Twins would have to pay?

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wndwmkrDec. 6, 12 6:54 AM

It's going to be a rough 2013 folks. Baby Joe will be hitting for average. Pretty much that's it. Only bright spot will be Revere in center making catches - unless everything hit goes out of the ballpark.

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callmestupidDec. 6, 12 7:23 AM

Blanton must not have wanted to play for $5 this year

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atleastcubbiestryDec. 6, 12 7:29 AM

Greienke was 15-5, 3.50 ERA, 210+ IP/ K/9 of 9. I'd say that's a pretty good year. He is also only 29 years old.

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scenic61Dec. 6, 12 7:42 AM

Another day and again nothing new to report with the Twinkies. Go figure. Decent free agents are avoiding the Twins like the plague. How embarrassing has that got to be for Ryan and his entourage at those meetings? Picture this; the meetings end, everyone leaves, the lights get turned off, and there sits Ryan and his faithful assistants...alone in the dark. Twins coaches, front office and ownership just don't get it...and never will.

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joehardeyDec. 6, 12 7:54 AM

Why aren't we after Grienke or Sanchez? Be the team that is serious about competing for a championship for a change instead of just trying to "get by."

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aphlolDec. 6, 12 8:33 AM

Why does the strib even send a writer to Nashville is what I'd like to know....what a waste of news print. Twins are perpetual observers pretending to be a MLB team and not even pretending to have post season goals or aspirations. Spend some money and get back to me or else just expand your family friendly section and toddler promotions.

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