Twins Looking To Acquire A Closer

Glen Perkins doesn't have the experience to pitch the ninth inning for the Twins in 2012, GM Terry Ryan told reporters on the Ryan Doumit conference call today when asked.  Ryan says the Twins will look to acquire a closer.  

We learned yesterday that the Twins still have interest in Matt Capps as their closer, while Joe Nathan is off the board after signing a two-year deal with the Rangers.  As our free agent tracker shows, closers Heath Bell, Jonathan Broxton, Francisco Cordero, Frank Francisco, Ryan Madson, Jon Rauch, and Francisco Rodriguez remain on the market.  Andrew Bailey, Brandon League, and Huston Street are trade candidates, and Juan Carlos Oviedo (formerly Leo Nunez) could be non-tendered.

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  1. EdinsonPickle 4 years ago

    Maybe Doumit can close.

  2. Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

    Please overpay Madson.

  3. nats2012 4 years ago

    No Drew Storen!!!!!!! Not for sale.

  4. mister_rob 4 years ago

    carlos marmol

    he should be fine once reunited with an actual major league pitching coach and manager instead of two random clowns like he had last season

  5. game_7_1991 4 years ago

    I bet they’ll try to get Rauch and Capps for low dollar and hope it works.  I can’t see them investing much money here with gaping holes in the rotation.

  6. ukJaysfan 4 years ago

    Rauch is a closer???

  7. I would be absolutely giddy if they somehow got Heath Bell

    The problem with Bailey is you know the A’s would probably ask for both Sano and Hicks in a deal.

    Lastly, free Anthony Slama. Not as closer but just to be on the big league roster in general.

  8. Trade Pavano to the Rockies for Street, and move Anthony Swarzak to the starting rotation. 

    • BobbyJohn 4 years ago

      My thought exactly with respect to the trade. I could really see that one happening.

    • Twinkilling61 4 years ago

      Not Pavano! He’s the only starter I trust! No one else is nearly as reliable. Liriano goes Helter Skelter, Nick Blackburn is consistently below average to average, Baker always seems to get hurt and Duensing can only get lefties out.

    • wild05fan 4 years ago

      I think Swarzak fits better as a long reliever/spot starter. I don’t know how much trust I can put into him. The rotation is filled with a lot of question marks with this kind of move when Pavano is one of the few that they can even put any trust into as is. Not to say I wouldn’t be interested in Street, just wouldn’t be for it if Pavano has to go. 

  9. Tacho Bill 4 years ago

    The Pirates should trade Hanrahan to them for Sano. Sano was supposed to be a Pirate anyway if the FO hadn’t short-changed on the offer to him.

    • $1529282 4 years ago

      In no way, shape, or form would the Twins move Sano unless he was a piece to some legitimate superstar whom they could control for years. Huntington can propose that to Ryan if he’s ok with Terry hanging up before the question is even finished.

    • There’s no way the Twins will trade Sano. He is probably the best Twin prospect, and he’s only 18. 

      • Tacho Bill 4 years ago

        Yeah guys, there was a ton of wishful thinking going on there.

  10. Bryz 4 years ago

    I’m okay if they had said that they felt that Perkins was more valuable as a set-up guy, but I’m annoyed that they say he doesn’t have the experience of a closer. How does a reliever get experience? You give it to him! Every “proven closer” was “unproven” at some point!

    • I’d like to see them sign Broxton to a “show-me” deal.  Then, hopefully he comes in and stays healthy and reverts to pre-2010 form. 

  11. coolstorybro222 4 years ago

    Get K rod. He wants to close somewhere

  12. Like I said in a different post on here, the Twins should sign K-Rod. 

  13. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Soriano and a pitching prospect not named Banuelos/Betances + $10 mil for Liriano

  14. Backup_Slider 4 years ago

    I beg to differ, Terry. Given how few leads the Twins will have in the ninth inning in 2012, Glen Perkins does in fact have the requisite amount of experience for the job.

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