Yesterday, Joe Nathan said his re-signing was contingent on the Twins remaining competitive. Today, Jake at Bucco Blog discusses a rumor to that fact: The Twins' interest in Jason Bay is real and hinges on whether or not they retain Torii Hunter.
Tim breaks it down here. Hunter wants 5/75. The Twins are offering 3/45. If the they are serious about retaining him and Hunter in fact wants to stay then that discrepancy doesn't seem insurmountable. However, if Hunter leaves...
Jason Bay had a down year (.248/.328/.420) and yet almost certain to be dealt by new Pirates GM Neil Huntington this winter. Shipping Bay is a launch pad for restructuring the Pirates' system. Tim notes the viability of a Bay for Matt Garza deal. He's signed for a mere $5.75MM in '08 and an only slightly less mere $7.5MM in '09, so the Twins would have no financial qualms if Hunter walks.
Posted by Nat Boyle
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