The Minnesota Twins were ready to ink a deal with starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo. Unfortunately, the Cincinnati Reds swooped in and made an offer that appears to have swayed Arroyo in their favor. At this point, the Twins are still determined to land a starter at the 2013 Winter Meetings, which is why they have turned their focus to Matt Garza.
It appears Garza is merely on the team’s wish list and not necessarily a guarantee to sign with them. The reason for that is because Minnesota recently inked a four-year deal with Ricky Nolasco and a three-year deal with Phil Hughes. That means the organization probably wouldn’t want to sign another starter to multiple years.
Garza also may be hard to reel in because the Arizona Diamondbacks have recently made it their mission to bring in a starting pitcher, with their focus on the right-hander. The Twins are really in no position to get into a bidding war with the Diamondbacks, who have the determination to walk away from the Winter Meetings with the most roster upgrades.
On the other hand, Minnesota has no problem spending the right amount of money to bring in a veteran pitcher who could really improve the starting rotation. More importantly, the 30-year-old is certainly intrigued about returning to where his Major League career began.
“I’m open to anything that makes me feel comfortable,” Garza said, according to the Star Tribune. “If (Minnesota) is where that’s at, I will have no problem going there.”
It will be interesting to see if the Twins have what it takes to convince Garza Minnesota is the place to be.