MLB Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins: Top 5 Free Agent Pitchers The Team Should Target

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Intro

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Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Minnesota Twins have a lot of building to do before the team can make itself a contender in the American League Central again. The Twins will have to target the “affordable” pitcher rather than going for the big name pitcher. The Twins were in the bottom of the barrel in the majors and will have plenty of work to do.

The team’s best pitcher was Scott Diamond. Diamond won 12 games with a 3.54 ERA and 90 strikeouts. He was not the best pitcher in the Central nor the majors but still got the job done for the struggling Twins. The rotation is something that could definitely use an upgrade, among other things on the club.

The team is also trying to figure out what to do with the franchise’s top pitching prospect in Kyle Gibson. Gibson is the team’s Stephen Strasburg and will probably be monitoring his performance, his pitch count and his innings very closely as the 2013 season progresses.

In that case the team will need someone to carry the bulk of the load as the seasons wears on. For the Twins there are a lot of quality pitchers that they can grab for cheap. However, if the team wants to make a huge splash, GM Terry Ryan will have to open up his checkbook a bit and bring some big name in.

In this slideshow, you will be able to see who the Twins should target on the quest to build a rotation.

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Joe Blanton

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Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

If the Twins wanted to go with a safe, inexpensive bet in its rotaiton, the team could take a chance with Joe Blanton. Blanton won 10 games splitting time between the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. He had a 7.8 K/9 ratio in 30 starts.

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Ryan Dempster

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Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

Ryan Dempster is another pitcher that split time between two teams in 2012. Dempster's numbers do not warrant a crazy pay day, but a 12-8 with a 3.38 ERA deserves some kind of recognition. It may not be of interest for Dempster to go to another last place team after dealing with the Chicago Cubs for some time.

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Dan Haren

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Dan Haren's last three seasons with the Los Angeles Angels have not been totally great but he could definitely be a big player in the Twins' rotation. He has won over 30 games in the past three seasons and could be the most likely player to land in Minnesota.

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Jake Peavy

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Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Jake Peavy reverted to his old form in 2012. He struck out close to 200 batters for the first time since 2006 and brought his ERA down to 3.37. Peavy could end up costing the Twins some money but it does not seem likely Peavy would want to go from the Chicago White Sox to the Twins.

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Zack Greinke

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Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

The best bet for the Twins is going hard after Zack Greinke. Greinke is the best pitcher on the market. Greinke was 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA. He also struck out 200 batters. Greinke will be costing teams a pretty penny but it will be worth it.