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Tire-kicking alert! The Twins and Matt Garza

Jan 2, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

Fact: back in the 19th century all “tire-kicking” tweets about baseball free agents were about looking at horse’s teeth:

 

Haha, just kidding. Free agency didn’t exist until the 1970s.

Anyway, Garza was reported as being interested in the Twins back in November. He started out there, of course. And after time in hitter-friendly parks in Chicago and Texas, you have to figure Garza — who posted a 3.82 ERA in 155.1 innings over 24 starts last year – wouldn’t mind some time in Target Field.

  1. historiophiliac - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Wow, his WAR with the Rangers last year (age 29) was the same as his WAR in 2006 with the Twins (age 22) — only he gets $9mil+ more now.

  2. samu0034 - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    I’d be happy to have him back. At least he vaguely resembles a #1or #2 pitcher, unlike the rest of the Twins rotation.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    I don’t see him signing anywhere until Tanaka does. His value goes up once Tanaka falls.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 2, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      By the time Tanaka signs, spring training will almost be upon us.

  4. beefytrout - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    While he was on the Rangers, he had some starts that were lacking, but I always enjoyed how fired up he would get when the team was doing well.

  5. eshine76 - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    I see what you did there

  6. coryfor3 - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    He is not going to be a Twin. He’s an established quality pitcher. The Twins are only interested in making panic signings of guys with unrealized potential to oversized contracts.
    Garza is going to get plenty of years and plenty of dollars and has no need to let anyone “kick his tires.” He just has to wait for the market to get established. Whoever misses out on Tanaka (and only one team will get him) will still be looking for high-end pitching. Garza is clearly the best option. His performance is that of a solid #2 starter and he is durable, dependable and proven against elite division competition.

  7. markofapro - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Can’t believe Angels are signing him

  8. markofapro - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    *aren’t*

  9. dluxxx - Jan 2, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Nothing to see here. I think the Twins are happy to play the role of “Mystery Team” this year. They could most certainly use him, but if they sign him (or Tanaka as they’ve been “interested” in him as well) they’re pretty much filling their rotation for the year and saying that they’re going to make Gibson & Meyer stay in the minors for at least one more year. And they’re probably giving up on at least 2 of Diamond, Deduno and Worley. In other words, not likely…

  10. davidbrentfan - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    EVERYONE ON THIS MESSAGE BOARD IS A B A S T A R D EXCEPT FOR ME! F U C K YOU, B A S T A R D S!

  11. tonyz6060chevy - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    The Dodgers are going to sign Garza after they win the Tanaka Sweepstakes.

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