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Brett Myers wants to start, could be a target for the Twins

Nov 24, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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Brett Myers said a few weeks ago that he was open to marketing himself as a starter or reliever in free agency, but his agent, Craig Landis, told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the veteran right-hander is now focused on being a starting pitcher. Makes sense in a world where Jeremy Guthrie gets three years and $25 million. Landis also confirmed that the Twins are among the teams who have expressed early interest.

“They’re interested, or perhaps even very interested,” Landis said. “And that’s about as far as we are right now.”

Twins general manager Terry Ryan would only go as far to say that he has “touched base with most of the pitchers on the market,” but Christensen was told by team insiders that Myers will be one of their primary targets because he could be reasonably-priced and would likely embrace making half of his starts in the spacious Target Field.

Myers pitched exclusively out of the bullpen this past season, posting a 3.31 ERA and 41/15 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings between the Astros and White Sox. The 32-year-old has an underwhelming 4.27 ERA as a starter during his career and showed diminished velocity as a member of the Astros’ rotation back in 2011, but he could have some appeal as an innings-eater.

  1. meadowlark89 - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Twins need like 3 pitchers maybe greinke shields myers haren or sanchez

    • kkolchak - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      That sentence needs like punctuation maybe commas and a period

      • natslady - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:40 PM

        Needs more than that. Needs a fairy godmother. What team doesn’t need those guys?

      • tuberippin - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:14 AM

        ^Well, apparently the Phillies, Astros and White Sox don’t need Brett Myers, and the Angels don’t need Dan Haren…

    • mntreehugger - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Clearly you are not familiar with the Twins’ front office.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    How about Mike Myers?

    • historiophiliac - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      You’re sugared up on Twinkies, aren’t you?

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

        Peanut Brittle that I bought today at a craft show.

  3. 4d3fect - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    “Target for the Twins”

    Yeah, I see what you did there.

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