Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Twins offer Radke a two year contract 

Twins' free agent pitcher Brad Radke, who the Rangers should have on their short list of pitchers they'll be talking to, has been offered a two year deal for between $14 and $19 million by Minnesota.

This is a surprisingly aggressive offer by the Twins, who, of course, are (along with Oakland) the poster children for small market clubs. Radke was the third-best pitcher in the A.L. last year, behind Johan Santana and Curt Schilling, and the Twins are definitely deficient in starting pitching behind Santana and Radke, so keeping Radke in the fold may be a higher priority for Minnesota than would be initially believed. I thought 2 years, $16 million might be enough to get Radke locked up, but with the Twins offering something in that neighborhood right off the bat, it may end up costing a lot more.

So Brad Radke is someone who the Rangers may have to end up scratching off their list...I'd like to see him here, but not for, say, 4 years, $40 million.

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