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assumed happened last week: Having read my previous installment on the Minnesota Twins Offeason What if: Bryce Harper Jimmie Foxx Jersey , the Padres decided to pull the trigger before I could write this article and persuade the Twins front office, who obviously also read my articles, to sign Manny Machado. If you somehow avoided both my previous article and the generously provided link above, let me introduce the What-If series. I am taking a look during spring training at what could have been, if the Twins had just decided to pony up the cash for the winter’s biggest free agents, who still didn’t have jobs into February.As with my piece on Harper, I will avoid unrealistic secondary signings or trades. I can’t sign Harper and Machado. I can’t sign Machado and then trade Lamont Wade and Kohl Stewart for JT Realmuto. I will, however, look at both what would have happened if Machado signed right at the beginning of free agency as well as what would have happened if the Twins snuck in a deal right before the pesky Padres.November 3rd, 2018: Twins Sign Manny Machado to 10-year, $310 million contractThe signing of Manny Machado last week actually said quite a bit about the state of his market. As far as many media members know, the Chicago White Sox had an offer on the table for Machado for some time, probably being offered in January. Initial rumors said the offer was a low ball offer of something like 7 years and $175 million dollars, far below the $300 million he was expected to sign for at the beginning of the offseason and the insane $400 million figure the media was throwing around a few years ago. As we got closer to and into Spring Training, it was rumored that Machado would sign with whatever team gave him the most money, trying to get to that initial $300 million number that is so perfectly rounded and historical. The White Sox had reportedly upped their offer to 8 years and $250, still a bit nervous of that $300 number. But the Padres weren’t, overshooting the White Sox by a cool $50 million. Machado took that nice round offer even though the White Sox offered a higher AAV. It is pretty obvious that Machado was waiting for a $300 million offer and that there wasn’t going to be one until the Padres decided to shock the baseball world.Even though we know he was waiting for that $300 million deal, it is impossible to estimate what sort of offer would have gotten the deal done for the Twins at the beginning of the offseason. If the Twins offer that deal on November 3rd, does Machado take it, or does he wait for another offer? Do the Padres match the Twins offer or go slightly above? Does a true bidding war occur http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-dustin-pedroia-jersey , bringing in big market teams? Do the Phillies throw more money around if they know other teams are? Do the White Sox decide to go all-in to keep Machado away from their divisional rivals? We have little to no idea if Machado’s market, or lack thereof,was due to genuine doubt, collusion, honestly contagious spending habits (which I think is most likely), or some combination of all the above.So for the sake of simplicity I’m going with a 10-year, $310 million contract at the start of the offseason, assuming that the Padres would still offer their $300 million contract but not get into a bidding war, and that the White Sox were honest in saying they couldn’t go above $250 million (like the peasants they are). The extra ten million I’m offering fulfills Machado’s desire to go with whoever offers the most money, while not being a trivial amount like a simple million or two extra.If the Twins simply offer Machado the same amount as the Padres, I’m not sure they win the tie, and it's not because of the weather or market size. Machado makes Miami his home in the winter so he wouldn’t be here to freeze his tail off. Depending on whos’ numbers you go by, the Twins actually have a legitimately larger market than the Padres. Maybe the California connection would lead to more advertisement deals, but I think the reason Machado would go with the Padres if offered two identical deals is because the Padres have a more robust farm system, as currently ranked. The Padres have one of the best, if not the best farm system in baseball led by Fernando Tatis Jr., Luis Urias, and Francisco Mejia. The Padres’ also have a robust list ofstarting pitching prospects at various levels (the Padres have 6 starting pitching prospects on the MLBPipeline top 100 list, along with the three position players listed— the Twins have 3 players on the list total). Machado can hang out with Eric Hosmer for a year or two as the kids figure it out, with the team then forced into a win-now mode to buy and trade for Major League pitching to make them competitive. This real life scenario is likely a more attractive option than playing with the Twins current bounce back candidates and the combination of Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff Carl Yastrzemski Jersey , and a host of other players that are a year or two away from establishing legitimate prospect status. As much as I like our farm system (and the media generally agrees it is very good) it simply does not match what the Padres have.But let's be honest, it isn’t about the prospects, it’s about the money. So we go just a tad higher and get Machado’s services for the next decade.Additional Moves MadeThe Twins sign Nelson Cruz to 1 year deal with team option.The Twins sign Blake Parker and Martin Perez to add to the pitching staff.The Twins sign Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler to 5 year extensions.The Twins sign Marwin Gonzalez to 2 year deal.The Twins sign Lucas Duda to a minor league deal.Real Moves that changeThe Twins do not sign Jonathan Schoop to a one year dealThe Twins do not pick CJ Cron off waivers or offer him a 1 year contract.Twins Opening Day LineupJorge Polanco - (S) - SSManny Machado - (R) - 3BNelson Cruz - (R) - DHEddie Rosario - (L) - LFMiguel Sano - (R) - 1BMarwin Gonzalez - (S) - 2BMax Kepler - (L) - RFkeeping the contract the same here, using the same principle that the Padres’ won’t get into a bidding war (even though they could probably win it) and that Machado goes for the biggest offer.With Schoop and Cron already signed, I don’t think the Twins would be able to find trade partners for both or be willing to eat that much money. This means the Twins would be out on Gonzalez and would have to eat the contract of Cron, who passed through waivers to get to the Twins in the first place.Twins Opening Day LineupJorge Polanco - (S) - SSEddie Rosario - (L) - LFManny Machado - (R) - 3BNelson Cruz - (R) - DHMiguel Sano - (R) - 1BMax Kepler - (L) - RFJonathan Schoop - (R) - 2BByron Buxton - (R) - CFJason Castro - (L) - CTwins Opening Day BenchMitch Garver - (R) - C/1BEhire Adrianza - (S) - SS/INFJake Cave - (L) - OFWillians Astudillo - (R) - C/3BYou lose the versatility of Gonzalez but have a higher overall power potential, as Schoop still hits 20 home runs in a bad year and in my opinion is more likely to get back to the 30 homer mark than Gonzalez is to get back to the 20 homer mark.You can still sub in Garver and Astudillo to give the starting infielders a day off with a variety of different looks, but you do lose the versatility of Gonzalez — who is probably a better defensive outfielder than either of the catching duo.ThoughtsWhen I started this series I thought signing Harper made the most sense, as adding another impact lefty would take pressure of Kepler’s bat while also providing balance around the Cruz-Sano-Schoop trio.But after working through this exercise and looking at the financials, Signing Machado + Gonzalez is far better than signing Harper + Schoop. Not only does it keep your stellar outfield defense intact, but it also gives you a Gold Glove third baseman most days while still signing Polanco long term, and leaving room for Royce Lewis to take over the shortstop role in due time.So again, the question becomes: if the move made so much sense, why didn’t the Twins pull the trigger? In the Harper scenario I argued that Harper was never going to come to a small midwest market, primarily because of advertising opportunities. Machado, on the other hand, did go to a small market team, so what gives?I think timing is everything with Machado and signing him early has significant butterfly effects on the rest of the market that render the November 3rd lineup listed above to be an impossibility. If the Twins or anybody else had offered Machado 10 years and $300 million on day one of free agency, there likely would have been a legitimate bidding war, up to maybe $350 million. I don’t think the Twins could go that high for Machado, and even if they could Machado would then have had his choice of historical contracts instead of being forced to take the first one that came to him.The other big thing to consider is that the first lineup looks amazing because in this magical Christmas-land we are able to get Machado and Marwin Gonzalez on a deal that frankly robs Scott Boras of a European sports car (or whatever he does with his money). If we find a way to win that early bidding war for Machado Ted Williams Jersey , do we have the cash to sign Gonzalez? Probably not. Does an early bidding war over one of the superstars coax teams into spending big all offseason, and thus render the real life Gonzalez deal impossible? Probably. Or do the Twins skimp on that second signing and bring back Logan Forsythe (or any other bargain stand-in) to play second while keeping the salary below $130 million? I don’t know.While Machado + Schoop is still better than Schoop + Cron + Gonzalez, I think it's safe to say that the front office didn’t think it was possible from a logistical or financial point of view. A 10 year contract, money aside, is too long a contract in today’s up and down baseball world.It was never going to happen, but man, what if.Check back in next week as we take a crack at Minnesota Twins Offseason What If: Dallas Keuchel This offseason will shape the Rockies franchise for years to come, and many uncertainties will need to be addressed in order to return to the Postseason in 2019"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceRockpileThe Rockies are looking for answers to questions that haunted them in 2018New,13commentsRockies news and links for Sunday, October 14, 2018and return to the Postseason in 2019.Colorado Rockies: Getting a catcher needs to be a focus this offseason | Rox PileYes, the offense was particularly bad last season, and there are many areas that need improvement. Noah Yingling of Rox Pile suggests that one position in particular needs an offensive addition, and it’s catcher. Colorado ranked poorly in many offensive categories at backstop, including the slash line trio of batting average (27th), on-base percentage (12th), and slugging percentage (24th). Noah also looks at a handful of possible players the Rockies could pick up via both free agency and trade scenarios, including fan-favorite possible hot stove acquisition JT Realmuto.
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