Last night, the Twins inked Ricky Nolasco to a four-year, $49MM deal after weeks of being linked to the free agent hurler. The pact eclipses Josh Willingham's three-year, $21MM contract, the Twins' previous record contract for a free agent. Here's the latest reactions and fallout to Nolasco's deal..
- Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet breaks down the Nolasco signing and what it means for the Twins. Nolasco may not be a true ace, but he does project as Minnesota's top starter. The price tag (and years) may have surprised some, but ultimately, Minnesota addressed their biggest need.
- The Twins are still in on other starting pitchers, tweets LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune. It'll be interesting to see what Minnesota's next move will be, because one in not going to cut it in Neal's opinion.
- A source close to a couple free agent pitchers, including Matt Garza, doesn't think that the Twins are done with bolstering the rotation, tweets Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN. The Twins still have the money to make that happen.
- Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press (on Twitter) spoke with Willingham, Nolasco's teammate of three years. The outfielder is happy to be reunited with the hurler, but he didn't give him a recruiting pitch before he signed.