Aug 16, 2012; Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Twins pitching: a name surfaces this weekend


For Minnesota Twins fans hoping that Terry Ryan will, indeed, acquire starting pitching this offseason, it’s not uncommon to see expressions of frustration like:

So far, pitching moves have generally been minor league contracts with invitations to spring training.  The minor moves and the lack of commentary other than “we’re talking with everyone” definitely have not inspired any hope in the team’s ability or motivation to acquire quality starters.

At this point, Twins fans may well be starting to wonder if the Twins are just receiving a bunch of “no thank you” responses from free agent starers.  Hearing confirmation that someone, anyone, is positively responding to Twins’ inquiries is at least a step in the right direction.

Over the weekend, Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune wrote that Brett Myers‘ agent, Craig Landis, confirmed that they’ve had contact with the Twins; Landis says the team is “perhaps even very interested” in Myers.  Myers didn’t start a game during the 2012 season, but he’d like to rejoin a starting rotation, which was his main role during his first decade in the big leagues.  In 11 seasons, Myers has a 4.20 ERA and a .511 W-L%.  While he has far more experience under his belt than the pitchers who were starting the final games of the 2012 season, he doesn’t exactly scream major upgrade:

If this is the Twins’ plan to “improve” the rotation, or if players of Myers’ caliber are the only ones who will reciprocate the Twins’ interest, 2013 will be another long season.

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  • Oldgoat_MN

    His ERA would be second to Diamond on this list.
    Not wildly excited, but he could be useful.
    Sadly, this is at least Something.

  • Steve Schriver

    What do I think? I think your argument is a bit narrow…

    1.) While I agree that the Twins’ primary need is starting pitching, I think that their secondary need is probably catching depth. Who would be our catcher if not Muaer? Drew Butera? Trading from a position of weakness to address a position of weakness doesn’t make much sense.
    2.) Hernandez is signed for two more years at $20 million per. For that price, we could get two serviceable-to-good starting pitchers, with more major league innings under their belts and longer track records of success. In other words, I’m not really interested in watching Hernandez “dominate” the AL Central once every five games for two years. It doesn’t make the team that much better, and I would expect King Felix to bolt right out of Minnesota at the end of it.
    3.) The Twins make a lot of money off of Mauer. How many fans– like your cousin– have paid out-of-pocket for a Mauer jersey? How many fans show up to games just to watch Joe Mauer? While Hernandez would be a great marketing and merchandising opportunity as well, I don’t think he compares to the “hometown boy makes good” story of Mauer.

    I, like you, don’t think that any player should be untouchable in trades. If we could package Mauer with some talented minor leaguers and get Pujols, for instance, I’d be more than happy with it (and no, I don’t care if that means Morneau gets traded or Parmelee rides the bench).That would be a trade that would justify running Butera or somebody else out behind the plate. But to get Hernandez out of it? No way. There are way too many talented free agent arms that add close to the same value for a fraction of the price.

    Just my two cents…