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    Over in Indian Wells, California baseball’s head honchos are engaged in debates regarding rule changes, safety regulations and Ken Rosenthal’s choice of bow ties. In between that and the golfing, teams have been aggressive in their pursuits for available talent.

    “I’ve been in this business 21 years, and I’ve never seen anything like it,” said pitcher Anibal Sanchez’s agent, Gene Mato of SFX. “This is moving really, really fast.”

    Even the Twins appear fairly active – at least if you are basing that on their “interest” list.

    So far, most of the reports emerging from the meetings demonstrated that the Twins are serious about fixing their starting rotation. Yesterday, John Bonnes discussed the potential starting pitching trade options for the Twins, highlighting the Rays and Braves in particular, and Joel Sherman of the NY Post reported that the Twins and Mariners were talking swap. Now, KSTP’s Darren Wolfson compiled an interesting list of players the Twins have had contact with:

    Brandon McCarthy:

    Prior to catching on with the A’s, McCarthy was destined to be a flame-out prospect after several seasons with the White Sox and Rangers. If it were not for the early-career arm injuries, McCarthy may never have changed his mechanics which may never have led to the increase in ground balls. He does not miss a ton of bats, but he avoids heavy contact and has kept his home run rate subdued (part of that may have to do with pitching in Oakland). The downside is, with the extensive injury history and the recent blow to the head off the bat of the Erick Aybar, McCarthy has not thrown that many innings raising the question of whether or not he would be able to give a team 30-plus starts.

    In addition to the Twins, the Cubs are courting the right-hander.

    Anibal Sanchez:

    As Wolfson’s source indicated, Sanchez’s asking price may preclude the Twins from actually engaging in serious talks. It was reported last night that the 28-year-old right-hander is seeking a six-year, $90 million deal. Considering that Sanchez is likely the second-best free agent option on the market aside from Zack Greinke and that he is under 30-years-old, there is a strong probability that he could command that kind of cheddar.

    Ryan Dempster:

    Reported yesterday by Wolfson, the Twins “inquired” on this 35-year-old free agent. But so too have the Red Sox and now the Milwaukee Brewers. Dempster had success as both a closer and starter for some terrible Cubs teams, and had averaged 206 innings as a starter from 2008 to 2011. In fact, since 2008, he’s had the exact same expected fielding independent pitching number as Jake Peavy (3.73) and has been slightly better in that department than Anibal Sanchez (3.80). Of course, that doesn’t mean he will continue on that path. This past year, he struggled a bit in Texas and has had his velocity drop to sub-90 this year (not a good indicator in the mid-30s). On a one or possibly a two-year deal, Dempster could be an effective addition for Minnesota.

    Brett Myers:

    Working on a budget with numerous holes to plug, Terry Ryan will undoubtedly have to get creative in how to get the most out of their available payroll. With that in mind, targeting Brett Myers makes sense. After two consecutive years throwing over 200 innings with the Astros, Houston decided to convert him into a closer. Following a trade to the White Sox Myers, now a free agent, has interest in becoming either a starter or reliever.

    In terms of performance, Myers has been the archetypical Twins starter: Gets strike one (career 61% first-pitch strike rate), limits walks (career 8% walk rate), is not a strikeout pitcher (at least as a starter). This probably isn’t sexy but he’s done well and, if capable of hitting the 200 innings milestone, he would be a decent number four option in the rotation.

    Brandon Webb:

    This falls under the “leave no stone unturned” category. Webb has thrown only 12 real innings since 2009 and that was in the Texas League (AA) in 2011. His shoulder has simply not responded well since his 2009 rotator cuff surgery and that necessitated a second surgery in 2011. Since then, there has been no reports of Webb’s throwing status but considering the surgery was over a year ago, there should be some indication of where he is at velocity-wise. The odds are long but if this former Cy Young winner gets an spring invite and has rediscovered something, who knows.

    The Twins may ultimately leave California without any new additions to the rotation but obviously the groundwork has been laid. And, as it is rumored, the moves could happen quickly. Stay tuned.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins' weighing free agent options started by Parker Hageman
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. enge0280's Avatar
      enge0280 -
      What about Jeremy Bonderman on a 1 year deal?
    1. Parker Hageman's Avatar
      Parker Hageman -
      Quote Originally Posted by enge0280 View Post
      What about Jeremy Bonderman on a 1 year deal?
      The Tigers have offered him a contract: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...man-a-contract
    1. savvyspy's Avatar
      savvyspy -
      Guys coming off multiple rotator cuff surgeries aren't improving the pitching staff. If you aren't serious about competing just go with Deduno and Blackburn. Webb makes zero sense.
    1. Parker Hageman's Avatar
      Parker Hageman -
      Quote Originally Posted by savvyspy View Post
      Guys coming off multiple rotator cuff surgeries aren't improving the pitching staff. If you aren't serious about competing just go with Deduno and Blackburn. Webb makes zero sense.
      I'm fairly certain it would be a spring invite to see if he has anything.
    1. Kwak's Avatar
      Kwak -
      I think that signing many veteran, marginal pitchers in hopes that one or two "stick" is pointless. Those used last year were "placeholders"--replacing them with older "placeholders" is not a step in the right direction. Seek pitchers who can help now and in the future--and could be signed to stay when the younger talent matures.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      I'd rather see Webb in ST than the likes of Marquis/Livan/Ponson/Ortiz etc
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Brett Myers is an interesting guy we could bring in for cheap, give him a 1 year 2.5 mil contract if you need to fill out the rotation.

      I have no problem bringing in Webb (advocated it a couple years ago), but I seriously doubt he has anything left at this point, just make sure its a spring training invite only (and not a Zumaya contract)

      Speaking of Zumaya, would it be worth giving him another shot? (no guaranteed money of course!)
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Speaking of Zumaya, would it be worth giving him another shot? (no guaranteed money of course!)
      Yeah
      I was thinking about that too... He better be there on a MiLB contract in ST after all the guaranteed $ Ryan paid him last season to blow his arm off...
    1. Fire Dan Gladden's Avatar
      Fire Dan Gladden -
      Myers and Dempster seem logical choices for the Twins. Short term fixes that could be had on the cheap. I would be very surprised to see them swimming in the deep waters with Sanchez.

      I would also love to see Webb and Zumaya in camp. Both have a proven history. If they can show some life, their experience would be beneficial.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Speaking of Zumaya, would it be worth giving him another shot? (no guaranteed money of course!)
      Yeah
      I was thinking about that too... He better be there on a MiLB contract in ST after all the guaranteed $ Ryan paid him last season to blow his arm off...
      I think he mentioned when he went down that he wanted to try to come back and pitch for the Twins. I'm sure there is at least a small part of him who feels he should give the Twins his first "chance"?
    1. shs_59's Avatar
      shs_59 -
      Joe BLanton, Brandon McCarthy, Scott Baker, Ryan Dempster, and Shawn Marcum

      i predict Twins sign 2 of these 5.

      Plus trade for another.

      my choice Baker, McCarthy, BLanton .
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      I'd pass on McCarthy, I don't trust anyone who suddenly rediscovers themselves pitching in the Oakland Colliseum. He's another low K/9 guy, the Twins have enough of them. The team needs to start targeting guys who have a legit shot at striking out a batter or two when the situation calls for it.
    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      I like Myers, Baker, Dempster, Blanton, Marcum in that order but there are other options too.

      Myers Baker and....

      This would leave the Twins the ability to trade Span or Revere for either Pitching prospects in Seattle or SS prospects with Cincinatti.

      Myers for 2 years 16 million? Baker 1+ for 4 million and incentives and 8-10 million 2nd year option. and 3rd pitcher......
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      i think sign all , baker blanton marcum and dempster, yes that puts us way over the self imposed cap, but come the end of june , if we are not in the hunt or flat out leading the division , we trade 3 or 4 pitchers...to me with whats avalible in the minors even if we get to respectability, we are not going to sustain it with such glaring and obvious holes, we now seem to only beable to draft and develope centerfielders
    1. RodneyKline's Avatar
      RodneyKline -
      I agree. If not those 4 and a couple more!!!! This team needs 4 starters now that they let Baker and Liriano go.
    1. twinsfaninsaudi's Avatar
      twinsfaninsaudi -
      Am I the only one who sees the signing of Kevin Correia as a given? This guy has got Twins written all over him - he wants to go somewhere that he'll know he will start, heh.
    1. Teddy's Avatar
      Teddy -
      I'd avoid Dempster. He belongs in the NL, where they can't hit even his weak stuff.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Teddy View Post
      I'd avoid Dempster. He belongs in the NL, where they can't hit even his weak stuff.
      As I recall, the Twins have not had much success hitting his weak stuff. On the other hand, I don't think that the Twins will bid enough to even have a shot at him.
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Brett Myers is an interesting guy we could bring in for cheap, give him a 1 year 2.5 mil contract if you need to fill out the rotation.

      I have no problem bringing in Webb (advocated it a couple years ago), but I seriously doubt he has anything left at this point, just make sure its a spring training invite only (and not a Zumaya contract)


      Speaking of Zumaya, would it be worth giving him another shot? (no guaranteed money of course!)
      is zumya ever going to pick up a baseball?
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      Quote Originally Posted by Parker Hageman View Post
      curly deamed izturis 3 year 10.5 million dollar contract to high for the twins to concider , so im guessing if you want more then 3 million a year the twins arent interested ...
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