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Twins interested in left-hander Joe Saunders

Jan 16, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

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Back in November while previewing the Twins’ various free agent pitching options I highlighted Joe Saunders as someone they were likely to be interested in and perhaps overpay.

Since then they’ve been linked to Saunders occasionally, but that has mostly died down recently until today: Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Twins are “pursuing” Saunders.

Presumably that means he’s dropped his demands to a one- or two-year deal, because while Minnesota can certainly use any rotation help it can get after signing only Kevin Correia, Mike Pelfrey, and Rich Harden as free agents they’d be making a mistake to view Saunders as more than a fourth or fifth starter.

He’d be another low-velocity, low-strikeout, low-upside starter for a Twins team that has repeatedly stressed getting away from that type of pitcher lately, but on a one-year deal Saunders would certainly make sense.

  1. Ben - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    “on a one-year deal Saunders would certainly make sense”

    Just wait for it, the Twins will sign him to a three year, too much money contract.

  2. scoser - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    You hear that Mr. Gleeman?… That is the sound of inevitability…

  3. albertmn - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Are they really interested, or is this another “we’ve been in contact with” that was listed to about every pitcher this year? They managed to only signing a couple that are big questions marks. His upside isn’t huge, but wouldn’t mind a one year deal (maybe two, if cheap enough), just so they have some options. If it isn’t big money, and it doesn’t work, just cut him.

  4. amaninwhite - Jan 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    I guess this was their fallback option after losing out on Aaron Cook.

  5. moogro - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Make the bet on the Twins to be out of the post-season for a long, long time.

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