The Minnesota Twins have been rumored to be a player in the starting pitching market, with names like Phil Hughes, Broson Arroyo, and Jason Vargas being tossed around. The Twins are looking for pitchers, but could they sign a primere pitcher on the free agent market?
The Twins starting pitcher ERA in 2013 was horrible, finishing last in the major leagues with a 5.26 mark. Their rotation was inexperienced, with only one of their five starters over 30 years old. Their starters need some leadership, but who could we expect that they could sign?
The Twins have a protected 5th overall pick in the 2014 First Year Player Draft. This opens them up to signing numerous free agent pitchers, including Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana, without losing a draft pick. One player in paticular that I think the Twins could be a dark-horse for is Ervin Santana. Santana, 31 in 2014, could be a nice option for the Twins. Although he received a qualifing offer (and could accept), I could see Santana signing with the Twins. Pitching to a 3.24 ERA in 2013, Santana could lead an inexperienced Twin staff in 2014.
Another option for the Twins is Bronson Arroyo. He did not receive a qualifing offer from the Reds, which ultimately makes him a more desirable free agent on the 2013 market. Arroyo, 37 in 2014, could be an experienced member of the Twins staff, and could really help the younger pitchers on their team. Arroyo cannot be expected to sign to a long-term deal, however, due to his age and ability. Arroyo pitched to a highly acceptable 3.79 ERA.
Whether it will be Ervin Santana, Bronson Arroyo, or someone else, you can expect the Twins to sign a starting pitcher this winter, as they definitely need some help in that area. The Twins main need is starting pitcher, so do not be surprised if they are a dark-horse in one of the primere pitchers' market. They could make a run somewhere in the market this winter.