Non-Tender Decision

12 Dec

Bill Smith told TwinsBaseball.com’s Kelly Thesier that he will be offering/tendering a contract to all 30 of the unsigned players on their 40 man roster. There was some thought that Jesse Crain, or even other Twins players, might be non-tendered, but I think this is a good decision. What do you think?

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4 Responses to “Non-Tender Decision”

  1. TwinsFanc1981 December 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    Can’t have enough bullpen help — especially considering the nature of Pat Neshek’s injury (do we really think he’ll pitch in Minnesota in 30 degree weather?). I like how Crain pitched in the last two months of the season — threw the slider more, got hitters to miss.

  2. TT December 12, 2009 at 8:46 pm #

    They obviously decided to keep Crain rather than Bonser. I am not sure whether that was the right decision. In some ways, Bonser has more upside with the potential to start. I think Crain is probably more likely to contribute out of the bullpen which is where Bonser was likely to end up. Crain seemed to have righted himself at the end of the season. Lets hope so.

  3. ij December 13, 2009 at 12:28 am #

    They should’ve non-tendered Tolbert for sure. And the only reason not to have non-tendered Crain is if they honestly think they can trade him. I’d definitely prefer he not be on the team next year.

  4. mike wants wins December 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    I think they can’t afford Crain at $3MM per year, if you have $11MM in Nathan, $3MM in Guerrier and Rauch each, and Mijares. I’m ok signing him, but they need to trade him if they are going to upgrade 3B/2B, SP. It is possible they’ll not upgrade more. Or, it is possible they’ll push the payroll much higher than we thought.

    Either way, I can’t see how having 4 righthanders that all make real money (for a reliever) makes budgetary sense (unless you are a team spending more than $130MM per year).

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