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Twins are “waiting to hear back” from Joe Saunders

Jan 28, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Joe Saunders ranks fourth on Matthew Pouliot’s list of unsigned free agents, but indications last week were that he’s close to choosing a new team and apparently there’s at least one offer on the table from Minnesota.

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the Twins “are waiting to hear back” from Saunders’ agent and their “preference” is a one-year deal, but a team source speculated that he’s still looking for multiple years and may prefer to pitch elsewhere anyway.

Twins president Dave St. Peter was our guest on this week’s “Gleeman and The Geek” podcast and made it very clear when we interviewed him Saturday that the team has plenty of payroll space to make a late addition or two. St. Peter didn’t name Saunders specifically, of course, but starting pitching obviously remains the Twins’ biggest priority and he’s been linked to Minnesota all offseason.

  1. twinsfanstl - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Come on Joe! This should happen. Keep Harden and Duensing in the pen. Give Gibson and Hendricks some time at AAA. Pretty sure one of Worley, Diamond, Pelfrey, Corriea or Blackburn will be ineffective or injured…plus if Twins are as bad as the last two years they can flip Joe at deadline,

  2. egbrainerd - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Saunders can take a 1 year deal for about the same money from a contender… Why come to Minny for 3.5 months and then hope to be traded. Twins should make it a 1 year with a mutual option if they really want him. Look what they threw at Correia!

  3. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 28, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Marcum would have been nice if there is money to spend.

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