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Twins interested in Joe Saunders and Brett Myers

Dec 21, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

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Minnesota came into the offseason needing to fill at least three and possibly four rotation spots, and the Twins’ early additions of Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey haven’t been very inspiring.

They also inked Rich Harden to a minor-league deal today, but Darren Wolfson of reports that the Twins are still searching for rotation help and both Joe Saunders and Brett Myers are “very much on the Twins’ radar.”

Myers has more upside than Saunders, but as with Correia and Pelfrey it’s clear that the Twins are shopping in the bargain bin despite some initial talk of trying to put together a quality rotation.

  1. kopy - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    How about those Timberwolves, eh? Took down the defending conference champs last night.

  2. albertmn - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Ah ha! I finally see the plan coming together. Sign a few starting pitchers that are pretty poor options. Then, if you pursue guys like Saunders/Myers, they will look like upgrades by comparison. Very sneaky.

    On a more serious note, if you bring in 5-6 guys to fill 2-3 spots, you ought to be able to find at least a couple that are serviceable for a season or two. Let them fight it out for two spots, add them to Diamond, Worley, and maybe add in one of the in-house young guys, and the Twins might improve all the way to mediocre. If you get a couple of career years from hitters and one of the pitchers has a big year, maybe you at least challenge for the division. May not be likely, but bringing in a bunch of guys to fill a couple of spots is better than bringing in just 1-2 candidates to fill 1-2 spots.

    • tashkalucy - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      Have to respect Terry Ryan’s record – he didn’t suddenly get dumb.

      In looking for innings eaters on short term, reasonable contracts this might work. Saunders is a decent starting pitcher and fairly consistent, and Myers might be attracted to sign since the Twins can give him the chance to start again.

      The Twins are looking for stopgap pitchers until they can develop their own through the minors. It’s Ryan’s MO. He and his staff had an excellent record of developing quality starters for years and years. The Twins will be fine in a few years.

    • byjiminy - Dec 21, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      that sifting through large numbers approach worked with the bullpen last year, it could work with the roation. Who knows. A few caveats though. 1) They haven’t actually signed Saunders and Myers, and most likely won’t sign either one, in which case, their rotations jsut plain sucks. 2) If they do sign Saunders and Myers, that two years, $10 million contract for Correia will just look even worse.

      If they raise the payroll, sign them all, and Correia works out as a middle reliever, that might make things interesting. They certainly have the money to do that if they wanted, what with the new stadium and the league’s new TV deal. They just won’t.

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