Heyman: Twins have 4 starting pitchers on their list
According to a Jon Heyman tweet this morning, the Twins have four free agent starting pitchers they are looking at: Matt Garza, Bronson Arroyo, Mike Pelfrey and (new entrant) Bartolo Colon.
We have been away of the Garza, Arroyo and Pelfrey interest for a while.
Nick Nelson wrote today about Arroyo, speculating the organization's need to replace the Carl Pavano void. I analyzed why the Twins may still be interested in Mike Pelfrey despite the poor overall numbers. Undoubtedly, at some point here, you will read a TwinsDaily.com take on the possibility of signing Garza.
The Colon interest is new. From the GM Handbook, here was my take on Colon's performance:
So that's Colon in a nutshell. We also speculated that he would land a one-year, $12M deal.
Who…what…how…why? Talk about a pitcher who has redefined himself after losing his elite stuff. In the twilight of his career, Colon has figured out how to work with an 89-mph fastball and keep opponents from teeing off on him. Is there an element of luck involved? Probably. His 80% left-on-base rate is well above his career norm and his home run rate is likely suppressed thanks to the O.co Coliseum. Nevertheless, he’s done well two years in a row. He works ahead of hitters and then gets them to hit his pitch, sort of the model of what Rick Anderson wants his staff to do.
When I tweeted the Heyman report out this morning, largely the response was people preferred Colon to Pelfrey. Overall, would you want Colon out of those four?