24 thoughts on “March 12, 2018: Thrifty”

  1. I don't know where it ranks, but Lynn's $12 mil contract is one of the largest free agent contracts the Twins have handed out....top 5 maybe?

    1. So far I can think of bigger deals for Ervin Santana, Ricky Nolasco and Josh Willingham. Those were all for at least 3 years so total value was easily more than Lynn. Addison Reed's deal is for $16.75M over 2 years. ByungHo Park's deal was for $12M over 4 years, but that didn't include the posting bid. Other than that, Kevin Correia was one of the biggest free agent signings the Twins had ever done and that was $10M over 2 years. So I think that puts Lynn at tied for 5th if you don't include the posting fee for Park. I think it's notable that all of these deals happened since Target Field opened.

    2. If true, I don’t know whether it’s laughable or pathetic that a casualty of this off-season produced one of the largest free agent contracts in Twins history.

      1. Per socal, more than one. Reed signed for $16.75 million and Pineda for $10 million. There's also Jason Castro last year at $24.5 million over three years and Hughes at $24 million for three years. Off the top of my head, that puts the ordering at: Santana, Nolasco, Castro, Hughes, Willingham, Reed, Park, Lynn, Pelfrey (2 years, $11 million), Hunter, Correia, Pineda. That I think is everyone with a $10 million deal in free agency.

      2. Hughes is going to be making more this year, presumably as a long reliever, than Lynn. Hughes extension pays him $13.5M per year. What a horrible extension that turned out to be.

      1. Looks good, except the "most countries" and lack of USB. Not only are we dealing with different currencies in Sweden/Denmark/England (none Euro!) but they also use different power outlets.

        1. I use these in the Netherlands. No USB, but I just plug my charger into the adapter. I've survived all my trips without exchanging currencies. I encountered some credit card only establishments, but no cash only ones. I've never been to any of the countries you mentioned though. That sounds like a fun trip!

        2. I went from the Euro to the Danish Kroner to the Swedish Kroner to the Norwegian Kroner within the space of 7 days. I kept getting my ratios confused.

  2. The good news: The Twins game is on the radio. The bad news: It's only available on the Yankees network, which means John Sterling and Susyn Waldman. I may criticize Cory and Dan sometimes, but I listen to a lot of games, and they're one of the best radio crews out there.

    1. Bobby Wilson just hit a two-run homer for the Twins. I didn't even know the Twins had a "Bobby Wilson". Turns out he's a thirty-four year old backup catcher who's been with the Angels, Arizona, Tampa Bay, Texas, Detroit, Texas again, and Tampa Bay again. He was in AAA with the Dodgers last year. Who knew?

    1. Now, I don’t watch every minute of every game, but I watch a lot. And I love baseball. Every year (at least) I see something done on the field that I have never seen done on the field before.

  3. An academic friend of mine published a piece on CNN.com today about a Pennsylvania election. No FZ to share, just this great closing line:

    Candidates may have big ideas, but, to paraphrase Norma Desmond, it is the elections that have gotten small.

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