The Twins now have just one arbitration eligible player remaining after agreeing to terms with setup man Matt Guerrier today. Guerrier had asked for $1.15 million and the Twins had offered $750,000 -- a $400,000 difference. The deal will pay Guerrier $950,000 for his services in the 2008 season.
Last season, Guerrier went into the season as the team's long reliever, and after a combination of great pitching and a poor performance by Juan Rincon, Guerrier stepped into the set-up role and did a nice job for the team.
In 73 games, Guerrier went 2-4 with a 2.35 ERA.
According to the Boston Herald, citing sources with both the Mets and Twins, the Mets are proposing a deal that fills the Twins centerfield needs, but doesn't force the Mets to give up both Carlos Gomez and Fernando Martinez. The reported deal would include Fernando Martinez, Ryan Church and 'at least two other prospects'.
If this is the deal, and it also has Phil Humber, Kevin Mulvey and the one other pitching prospect, I like it.
Yeah, there is no Gomez, but the holdup all along has been that the Mets don't want to lose both of their best outfield prospects. I think it'd be best to get this done with, and if the only difference is swapping Church and Gomez, it isn't all that bad.
Martinez is clearly the more highly touted prospect, and Church was pretty decent last year in 144 games for the Nationals. He hit 15 homeruns and drove in 70 runners.
I'll have something on TwinsFest tomorrow, and maybe some site news this weekend. Stay Tuned.