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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:53 am 
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It's been no secret that Twin Cities has been desperate for quality pitching recently. While Reese Raynor has been everything that the team needed, his longtime buddy,Jesse Stewart has dissappointed this year. Eilzando has been his expected Jekyll and Hyde all year and the 4th and 5th spots have been carousel of mediocre talent circling back and forth from AAA.

That's why in July, GM Piccoli had to take a chance on veteran SP Tavio Ciccolella, a former multiyear All-Star, who had been released by Long Beach back in April, signing him to a one year, $3.2 Million deal. He looked like he had something still left.

And he did.

Tavio pitched extremely well in July and part way through August. It seemed like a win-win for both sides. Though Tavio has been on a bit of a cold streak recently, that didn't stop GM Piccoli from inquiring a few times with Tavio about a possible one or two year extension. However, Tavio had seemed to be avoiding the subject, taking the let's wait and see what the future holds approach.

Until this week. Per rumors flowing out of the Club house, Tavio's agent approached the front office and said he was willing to talk about his future with the River Monsters. Supposedly, Mr Piccoli was excited with the call and urgently contacted Tavio to come in to discuss. Things didn't go to plan however...

"6 Years, $51 Million.... Yes, you heard that right. We're so far apart that we're not on the same planet," replied Piccoli when asked to provide a response on the contract rumors. "Well, to be fair, he has come down to a 'more reasonable' 4 Years - $34 Million. If this indicative of Tavio's agent negotiation skills, then I'm surprised we found him rotting on the scrap heap in Mid-July." Yikes

Sarcasm noted Mr GM.

"At 34 years old, Tavio doesn't seem to realize his options are limited," he finished.

Though it's going to appear he's going to find out this off season.


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"Once it gets to the point where they're negotiating in the press, you know the wheels are off the bus," said an anonymous source.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:46 pm 
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Ciccolella must have the same agent as Phillip Morris. The 35 year old Morris is lumping by the sim and still thinks he's worth a four year deal at 4 times his current annual.

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