Christensen: Twins seek right fit among free agent starting pitchers
The Star Tribune's Joe Christensen speculates on the potential fits for the Twins on the open market:
Of note, as part of his contract, the Mariners have until Saturday to negotiate with Iwakuma before he can become a free agent.
The Twins, as usual, aren't expected to win a bidding sweepstakes for the likes of Greinke or Sanchez. But using last year's template, they could give a three-year deal to the likes of Dempster, Joe Saunders or Hisashi Iwakuma. They could give a two-year deal to Jeremy Guthrie, Joe Blanton or Shaun Marcum. And they could give a one-year deal to a pitcher looking to establish himself as a full-time starter, such as Carlos Villanueva or Scott Feldman.
While I don't mind any of those names, I am a little less enthused by Saunders, Guthrie and Blanton.