Twins Week in Review


Jul 30, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey (37) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The annual Baseball Winter Meetings took place this past week in Orlando, FL. While there were no major signings by the Twins during the meetings, Terry Ryan and his staff were quite active checking in on various players, which led to a few contracts over the weekend and a whole lot of rumors. Let’s review:


Hot Stove Update

  • Even after the signing of Pelfrey, the Twins have not ruled out adding a 4th starting pitcher. They’re still heavily connected to Bronson Arroyo and Matt Garza, though it seems as if the Twins are unwilling to go 4-5 years for Garza, which is understandable. My guess on the hold up with Arroyo is the amount of years as well. Both Arroyo and Garza are willing to pitch in Minnesota. The team has also been connected to Chris Capuano, Paul Maholm and Johan Santana this week. Another interesting name connected with Minnesota last week: Matt Guerrier.
  • The Twins were said to be connected to Rajai Davis before he signed a deal with the Tigers. They were also said to have been in on Bartolo Colon before he signed an agreement with the Mets. Gavin Floyd, who has also been connected to Minnesota, will sign with the Braves.
  • The team is rumored to be interested in Stephen Drew at shortstop. The idea of Drew is certainly intriguing; he’d be a clear offensive upgrade over current starter Pedro Florimon. On the catching front, Kurt Suzuki is the latest name to pop up concerning the Twins. The team is also still connected to John Buck. Honestly, I’m beginning to think the best move is to see what Josmil Pinto can do and let Ryan Doumit be the back up if needed. Spend the money on Drew.

Former Twins Elsewhere

It will be interesting to see the development of a lot of the rumors this coming week. Will the Twins make a move? I can’t see it happening this week. If it does, we’ll have it covered here on the Pond. I think the Twins could be done on the pitching front; it has to absolutely be the right situation on Garza or Arroyo. I still think Johan gets a serious look, but not for a few weeks. The Twins will likely add offense next. We’ll see.