More or less. As Adam McCalvy tweeted, by finishing his 35th game, the buyout on Hoffman’s option year goes up to $750,000 from $500,000.
This isn’t odd or controversial, really. Hoffman has been used to finish games in non-save situations a lot in August and September, and if you’re not going to use him in that role there’s really no point in having him. I do enjoy following the late-season contract incentive push, though. I have ever since Jimy Williams gave Steve Avery some starts he probably shouldn’t have received in order to get his 1998 option picked up.
If anyone spots any more of these, please let me know. We can maybe try to play detective and see if any managers are trying to either mess with players or with the front office by either playing a guy a lot or holding him out to mess with bonuses.
Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.
The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.
Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”