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The Twins really want to land a starting pitcher

Nov 16, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT

The Twins are making it a priority to land a significant starting pitcher this offseason, with Matt Garza, Ricky Nolasco, and Bronson Arroyo among the reported possibilities. And Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN hears that they are willing to go to great lengths in order to meet their goal.

We can safely assume that the Twins aren’t talking five years with Arroyo, so that probably leaves Garza or Nolasco. Garza may ultimately be the better fit on a long-term deal since he’s a year younger than Nolasco. And while he didn’t enjoy much success during his time in Texas, he also possesses more upside. Still, a lot of things can go wrong with pitchers and long-term deals.

It’s a little unusual to see the Twins being so aggressive in free agency, but they are determined to find an upgrade after their rotation was far and away the worst in the majors this past season with a 5.26 ERA. When Kevin Correia is your best starting pitcher, you have a problem.

  1. dremmel69 - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    The failure of Twins front office over recent years is coming home to roost. Pitching talent is gold and a wise organization maintains that talent in the rotation or as prospects. The successful teams have both. The Twins seem to have neither. My hope as a Twins fan is that they do something about it by the time Buxton and Sano hit the big leagues.

  2. yahmule - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Their pitching is off the chart bad, I could see spending a little more just to get a guy they can nominally refer to as their ace, even if he is really a four.

    • Joe - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      A LITTLE more, yes.

      Giving five years to Ricky Nolasco simply because he’s better than everybody on your roster, no.

  3. led65 - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Pretty pathetic market for starting pitchers. Have any good shortstops and or center fielders you’d be better off trading with the cards. Lance lynn is better than any of those guys and shelby miller is off the charts compared to them.

  4. NYTolstoy - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    I guess they payed attention to the Royals and saw the difference a good starting pitcher can do for a team. I believe the Royals jumped 10 spots on almost all pitching categories. Though sheilds was a top tier pitcher, guys like Nalasco and Garza are not. If they do go for one I hope it is Garza since he will have more upside then the rest.

    • happytwinsfan - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      i guess i agree with you on garza, but my initial depressing thought on him is that when he let it out the other day that he would be willing to come back to the twins, he was really just sending a message to some other team that they need to meet or beat the twins offer

  5. undeadjesus - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    “…they are determined to find an upgrade after their rotation was far and away the worst in the majors this past season…”

    The worst in the majors over the past THREE seasons. Worley was the opening day starter last year and he spent most of the season in the minors. If you had to name the Twins “Ace”, it would probably be Correia. Pathetic. Embarrassing when you look at teams like the As, Cardinals, and Rays who seemingly have a never ending supply of talented young arms. WTF has happened?

    • happytwinsfan - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      bill smith

    • yahmule - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      They’re even worse when you consider Target Field is a pretty good environment for pitchers.

  6. buffalo65 - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Bring back Santana.

  7. NYTolstoy - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Think about that rotation. With Garza and Santana in the front all of a sudden the pitching rotation looks a lot more stable. Worley and Correria number 3 and 4. It would be a huge upgrade. You can’t just devalue a guy like correia because he simply is no number 1. If he pitches against an average number 3 or 4th starter he looks more formidable.

    • undeadjesus - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      “You can’t just devalue a guy like correia because he simply is no number 1.”

      I’m not knocking Correia when I say it’s pathetic that he’s the Twins’ “Ace”, i’m knocking the organization. I like Correia and he fits the team but he needs to be regarded as a back-of-the-rotation guy. Hopefully Terry Ryan & Co. get their asses in gear this offseason, bring in some quality SPs, and get Gibson and Meyer up to the bigs as quickly as possible so Correia is in the 4 or 5 slot where he belongs.

      Speaking of Gibson and Meyer, the Twins need to stop coddling their young arms. Look at how the Cardinals handled Wacha…if he had been in the Twins organization he would be in AA for another two years

      • led65 - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        As a cards fan I agree and that was the one thing I hated about larussa. Wacha would have stayed in the minors or he would have begged mo to use him as a trade chip for a 34 year old player if he was still our manager. I really like the way the rays handle their organization and am glad the cards are doing the same thing with more payroll for the right veteran free agents and retaining the right personnel.

  8. moogro - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    The best advice for a Twins fan would be to start being fans of other teams.

    • albertmn - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Not all of us are front runners, and actually root for our teams even when they struggle. I’m sure you are currently a fan of the Heat, Red Sox, Ravens, and will jump to the next winning team and claim you have been their fan for years.

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