Right-hander Charlie Morton came off the free-agent board Tuesday when he signed with Atlanta, but the Braves had competition in the form of the Twins. Minnesota “had a lot of interest” in Morton, according to Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News. Geography may have worked against the Twins, though, as Morton has said in the past he prefers to pitch on the East Coast.
Even after missing out on Morton, the Twins still have a mostly set rotation with 2020 Cy Young contender Kenta Maeda, Jose Berrios, Michael Pineda and Randy Dobnak among those in the fold. However, with Jake Odorizzi, Rich Hill and Homer Bailey currently on the open market, the team hopes to address its rotation from outside, as Dan Hayes of The Athletic relays.
“Any time you lose Jake Odorizzi, Rich Hill and Homer Bailey to free agency, you’re not going to be complacent,” general manager Thad Levine said. “You realize there are pretty significant holes to fill. But we certainly don’t go into this offseason as if we have to fill three holes.”
Hill, 40, was the only member of that trio to deliver quality results over a sizable sample of innings for the Twins last season, but according to Hayes, they haven’t closed the door on re-signing Odorizzi – who MLBTR predicts will earn a three-year, $39MM payday this offseason. Otherwise, though, it doesn’t appear they’ll shop at the top of the market for pitching help, as Hayes writes it’s “unlikely” the Twins will go after the No. 1 free agent available, Trevor Bauer, or pursue trades for the Rays’ Blake Snell or the Cubs’ Yu Darvish.
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‘Hayes writes it’s “unlikely” the Twins will go after the No. 1 free agent available, Trevor Bauer, or pursue trades for the Rays’ Blake Snell or the Cubs’ Yu Darvish.’
Of course they won’t. That would be unthinkable for the Twins to buy an actual stud pitcher for actual money.
For Love of the Game
Hey, for the price of one stud ($30 mill.), you can outfit a whole rotation. Five journeymen for $5 mill. each. The 5 might even net more wins collectively than one stud! And as a bonus you get to pick first in the next draft!
They wouldn’t have to buy Snell. That’s why it says “trade” in the article.
They should bring back rich hill. He’s still a great rotation option
That’s a pretty ho-hum option, but I’d be tempted too…
To quote darkside- “lol, idk, smh”
I see we have a grammar cop. History does not look kindly at past ones in the MLBTR comment section.
That isn’t true.
Have some respect. Darkside is one of the OGS on the site and usually has some good points. Who cares? Everyone uses abbreviated words. So “stfu idgaf what you say and gtfo.” Lol it’s funny how upset about common slang you get.
I agree with Mrtwotone on this one. I have only been commenting on this site for a short period of time, and I’ve only been a regular for about a year. But darn near every post I’ve seen has a comment from Darkside. We need more users like him.
I have been onto this site for years under different usernames (losbravos69, yungthiccaustinriley, radickhead) and there has been a small group of people that I’ve always seen since I joined consistently contributing to conversation (darkside, marlinsfanbase, rangers29, kyleshwarbersmom, to name a few.) I feel like these people share a passion for the game in general and take the time to give an opinion and discuss roster additions and that’s part of the fun of MLBTR for me and probably others here too! SO when you take the time to call out somebody for abbreviations when they are contributing to content on a regular basis doesn’t seem right. There are VERY few people who care About use of accepted abbreviations. Just my opinion
Common slang is ignorant and has gone a long way towards dumbing down of our culture. It needs to stop before we all grow tails again and go back to living underground. If someone is lazy enough to post comments that include non words and lack punctuation and capitalization, the ignorance should be exposed. So mind your own business, darkside burner accounts.
Sounds good, grammatically-correct-user-handle Creamandtheclear. Shall we henceforth only be limited by the perceived mistakes of those who tread on the fragile bounds of the English language in text form on the internet, the true only plausible downfall of our very own human race. Shall we never be limited by not only our run-on sentences, but also our run-on words; the words that are intended to be read as a four separate words, but presented as one to the unsuspecting reader — for either the assumed sake(s) of convenience or clarity (or lack thereof) of the author, who is the true visionary and martyr behind these deceiving, unforgiving laws of what’s left of mankind.
english language has been becoming easier since it has been used in many of the colonies. what may be proper english now would not have been so 200 years ago. language is constantly changing/evolving. these baseball message boards are not english composition 501 graduate course.
the ultimate purpose of a language is communication.
Creamandtheclear is the burner account. Of Bleach Injector.
I said this literally yesterday, but Lance Lynn fits with the Twins very well. Yes, Twins’ fans have a sour taste in their mouths from the last time Lynn played with them, but he is a completely different player now. It’s not gonna take a guy like Kirilloff to get him either. Maybe somebody like Duran or Balazovic, but not a super-prospect like Lewis or Kirilloff. Lynn is also cheap, which makes sense since the Twins seem allergic to big money SP. Oh, and Levine and Daniels used to work together, so maybe they could find a common ground easier than most GMs.
Lynn’s only problem when he was with the Twins was he was one of the pitchers to come to spring training late. They were all bad early in the season. By the time he was traded to the Yankees he had started to get on track.
I’d pass on Lynn. I believe you are right with what the Rangers would ask for him and any of those names is simply too much. Lynn isn’t ready a good fit in Minnesota based on the history. I don’t see why they would trade for Lynn when they could just resign Odorizzi who is a fit and a comp to Lynn and comes for cash not prospects.
Didn’t Lynn hate it in MN?
Come on, go for Joe Musgrove. Two years of very affordable control and a solid pitcher who would majorly benefit from a better defense behind him.
Musgrove, Lynn, Jon Gray, Wacha, Odorizzi, Happ, and that one really good NPB player whose name I forget. All are viable to be Twins, and I think 2 out of this list will be.
I’ll say Odorizzi and one of Gray or Wacha. I think Odorizzi is a lock. They have had interest in Jon Gray in the past and Wacha would be a good project for Wes Johnson.
Brent Rooker, Dakota Chalmers and Edwar Colina for Musgrove?
I’d love to see if there was any shot at getting Larnach. Assuming not, I’ll pick some other younger players similarly ranked on MLB.com top prospects (I know not very scientific and not necessarily my favorite source). Canterino instead of Rooker, Rortvedt instead of Chalmers, and Baddoo or Soularie instead of Colina.
Rooker would be a nice secondary piece, but as the headliner. They need to get back at least one borderline top 100 guy.
The Future Trade Values site(I don’t know others opinion of the accuracy) has Musgrove worth slightly more than Larnach which is partly why I threw out Larnach’s name. As a Pirate fan that would be a good foundation for a trade.
So what are the Yankees doing? Lol
Trade for walker buehler. I think they could get him for a draft pick and randy dobnak. The dodgers would win the trade in my opinion.
I have not wanted to thumbs down a post in a very long time. This one sparked that interest.
Just wow is all I got. I don’t know if the Twins could put together a deal that wouldnt kill their future
Sarcastic but not funny.
Twin fans, what would you consider a fair trade for the Pirates Joe Musgrove. As a Pirate fan I will likely ask for more than reasonable, however I am sure they are marketing him as a solid 3 given his strong 2020.
I believe the Twins will use their rich farm system to acquire starting pitching. One of the reasons for stockpiling prospects is to use them for trades during Windows of opportunity. Twins need to resign Cruz and go get their pitching via trades.
But why trade their minor league depth for pitching when they can afford to sign a solid mid rotation starter? I agree that if they get an excellent offer that they should by all means pull the trigger, but they can add solid SP and keep their prospects if they don’t mind spending for it. They have several contracts coming off the books, so they should be able to add a solid starter via free agency if they want to.
Good points, seems like they have the pieces to get a Blake Snell. Acquiring Snell by trade and spending some freed up cash could be the best of both worlds.
Twins are terrified to trade a top prospect. They should have traded Lewis and kirlloff last offseason at their peak value instead of wasting all that money on Donaldson.