By La Velle
Heard some rumblings today that the Twins might make a contract proposal to free agent third baseman Casey Blake as soon as next week.
The Twins have remained in contact with Blake’s agent in recent days. While teams couldn’t make contract offers until 11:01 p.m. Friday, they could talk about general parameters of deals – and indications are that the Twins have discussed parameters with Blake’s guy.
The big question: What does Blake, who hit .274 with 21 homers and 81 RBI last season, want?
He made $6.1 million last season and there are hints that he might want a three year deal. Is it a wise move to give a 35-year old that many years? Could the Twins talk Blake into two years and an option at $4-5 million per? He’s a solid player from this neck of the woods (Iowa) and has pounded the Twins in the past.
I’m trying to figure out if adding Blake is better than fighting through Dan O’Dowd’s and Doug Melvin’s posturing about Garret Atkins and James Jerry Hardy. And remember, it might take a package that includes one of the current starters to get a deal done – especially for a shortstop who can hit 25 homers, is 26 and not making big bucks yet.
Do the Twins buy Blake now so they have resources to trade for relief help? The only good FA arm out there belongs to Juan Cruz - and I haven’t heard his name mentioned as a possibility.