Twins Continue to Chase new Faces
by, 12-20-2013 at 04:37 AM (700 Views)
Rumours about potential new recruits continue to circulate even after the Minnesota Twins added Mike Pelfrey to the 2014 payroll.
The Twins have now signed three free agent starters to join Kevin Correia in the rotation, but general manager Terry Ryan is believed to still be looking at adding more new faces.
According to the bet365 MLB betting page, the Twins reportedly remain interested in signing Bronson Arroyo even after bringing in Pelfrey.
It seems unlikely that the 36-year-old Cincinnati Reds pitcher would want to join Minnesota but the rumours persist even though Arroyo would be a big earner and would stop more homegrown talent coming through the system.
Meanwhile, Johan Santana continues to be linked with a return to the Twins, six years after he left Minnesota to join the New York Mets.
The 34-year-old former Cy Young winner is reportedly open to a return to Minnesota, although his fitness is suspect as he has been forced to endure major shoulder surgery twice since leaving the Twins.
The Venezuelan did not pitch at all in 2013 and, if he did rejoin the Twins, would be expected to spend the early part of the season rehabbing and building strength.
Free agent lefty Paul Maholm would be an inexpensive option for the Twins. He has a 3.89 ERA while averaging 168 innings over the past three years.
The 31-year-old spent six years with the Pittsburgh Pirates before spending the first half of 2012 with the Chicago Cubs.
He was traded to the Atlanta Braves approximately 18 months ago but is now a free agent.
Oakland Athletics catcher, Kurt Suzuki, is another possible Twins acquisition this winter.
Fans betting MLB World Series will recall that the 30-year-old has endured a difficult time of late after initially impressing during his first spell with Oakland.
He endured a poor season with the Washington Nationals before returning to Oakland in August.