Berardino: Capuano, Floyd, Arroyo are targets
PiPress' Mike Berardino drops a few interesting tidbits on the Twins search for starting pitching:
1. According to their agent, Chris Capuano and Gavin Floyd have drawn some interest from the Twins. Floyd should be ready to start pitching by the begining of spring training, which is earlier than we thought, so he's feeling very Pelfreyic. And Capuano is very intriguing for a mid-tier guy: had a very good (3.72 ERA, 198 IP) 2012 and by Twins standards has a very high strikeout rate (7.5K/9 for his career). He's 34 and will likely be looking to rebuild some value after a groin injury short-circuited his 2011 and ended up in the Dodgers bullpen.
Their agent declined to say if either has a contract offer from the Twins.
2. But it also sounds like the Twins are still very much in the mix for Arroyo:
Would you give him a 3rd year?
Veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo remains a prime focus for the Twins as they seek to bolster the majors' worst rotation.
According to a person with direct knowledge, the Twins had yet to meet Arroyo's request for a three-year contract, but there were indications they might be willing to go that far for the pitcher who turns 37 in February.
3. Finally, there is a lot about how Tanaka bidding is holding up the pitching market a bit. Players want to wait for the losers in that process to come knocking at their doors.