Don’t roll your eyes too quickly when you hear the Minnesota Twins talking about focusing on bolstering their starting pitching over the free agent market. They won’t be going for the most expensive guy on the market in all likelihood but who says that would be the best choice anyway. The MLB free agent market is very deep in starting pitching this offseason and the Twins should be very able to find what they need to succeed.
One starter could be had for a lot of money of course but there are plenty of mid-rotation starters out there as well that could really deepen the rotation for the Twins. Literally there are dozens of them out there. They won’t sign the next Clayton Kershaw on the market but Ubaldo Jimenez is out there and they are targeting him. They won’t probably go for the large price tag for Ervin Santana but Ricky Nolasco is an option as is Joe Saunders and countless others.
With the Twins actively hoping to build a team that can at least compete on a series to series basis, don’t be surprised if they do a lot with a little in this market this season. They might get a good bat here or there but the pitching market is so that they will be able to be patient and picky and tight with money yet still get good options for the rotation. It could be a very good free agent year for cheap for the Twins before the 2014 season.