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Twins have offers out to Francisco Liriano, Joe Saunders

Dec 5, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

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Seemingly uninterested in committing to a full rebuild after losing 95+ games each of the last two years, the Twins are more buyers than sellers at the moment.’s Rhett Bollinger reports that they’ve made offers to Francisco Liriano and Joe Saunders while waiting for the pitching market to further unfold.

Liriano, of course, pitched for the Twins for 7 1/2 seasons before being traded to the White Sox in July. He was 3-10 with a 5.31 ERA before the deal and 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA afterwards.

The Twins were also interested in Joe Blanton before he took a two-year, $15 million deal with the Angels. They’ve been linked to free agents John Lannan, Brett Myers, Kevin Correia and others.

Meanwhile, there’s been little discussion of the Twins perhaps trading Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau or Josh Willingham, even though GM Terry Ryan acknowledged that the current mix hasn’t worked out.

“I think it’s dangerous to start putting such a high percentage of your payroll on just three or four guys on a team,” Ryan said. “It just doesn’t work. I think it’s a recipe for disaster. When you’ve got 50 or 60 percent wrapped up in three or four guys, historically that hasn’t worked, and I don’t think it’ll ever work.”

As is, Mauer, Morneau and Willingham make up about 60 percent of the current payroll.

  1. spicyjimbolaya - Dec 5, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Maybe they can ship Morneau to Toronto for Arencibia and/or a couple pitching prospects.

  2. sometogethernow - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    I don’t disagree about the Twins management appearing to sit on the fence about the prospect of rebuilding, but what would their pitching look like in a “full” rebuild? It’s been so dire the last couple years that they can’t really let it go any farther – they already had the AAA guys who would be pitching in an ideal rebuild pitching for them last year.
    It seems like they’d need one or two slightly more dependable arms just for stability’s sake (+ morale, perhaps?) even while rebuilding.

  3. vallewho - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    sounds like Ryan is ready to deal.

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Joe Saunders? you mean Joe Blanton right? is that just a rain Fart lol either way good for the twins go for it

    • tuberippin - Dec 6, 2012 at 3:50 AM

      Joe Saunders. The guy who started Game 4 of the ALDS against the Yankees about two months ago.

    • jarathen - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      Hokie Joe is not an ace, but you’re getting a steady, healthy pitcher out of him. On a good team he’s a #4 at best, but he’s not terrible.

  5. masonatx - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Liriano could be the team ace in Minnesota… or cut before opening day. He’s so erratic.

  6. wintwins - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    No team looking to contend is going to sign Liriano. He was traded for next to nothing last season and did little to improve his perceived value. He’s rotation filler with some upside, and that’s really what the Twins need. They know they aren’t going to make the playoffs, they just need somebody who gives them a better chance to win than the AAA guys they trotted out last year.

    “It seems like they’d need one or two slightly more dependable arms just for stability’s sake (+ morale, perhaps?) even while rebuilding.” This is dead on.

  7. aaasportsmemorabilia - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    As a Twins fan, it would be tough to see someone like Morneau or Mauer be traded. We do need a lot of pitching help, but please don’t let these two guys go in order to get some pitching. Got to find another way of getting that done.

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