The Twins have already been noted for being active on the free agent market, pursuing Ohtani and nearly every major starter on the market with intent. Let’s look at some of the targets that they could be pursuing:
Yu Darvish, RHP – Darvish is the top free agent available on the market, and his market has been oddly quiet thus far. What is known is that the Twins have been aggressive in their pursuit of Darvish, who would immediately step into the #1 starter role for the Twins.
Jake Arrieta, RHP – Arrieta had an incredible 2015 season, but he’s really fallen back since. He’s still a solid mid-rotation option, but due to that 2015 season, he’s likely going to get paid like more of an ace.
Lance Lynn, RHP – Lynn threw well in his first season after returning from TJS. He’s not a guy to expect to be a #1, but he is a consistent starter that should give plenty of solid innings.
Alex Cobb, RHP – Cobb has shown plenty already to indicate that he could be a very good starter, but he’s struggled to stay healthy enough to truly show the ability to be a #1 type.
Jason Vargas, LHP; Jhoulys Chacin, RHP; Jaime Garcia, LHP; CC Sabathia, LHP – If the Twins don’t get one of the front 4 options, they likely will pursue a guy who could give them solid innings rather than get too risky seeking “upside”. Each mentioned would give the Twins solid production, likely from the #3/#4 spot.
Tony Watson, LHP – The Iowa native would be a prime target for the bullpen for the Twins, providing veteran leadership and previous experience as a closer.
Addison Reed, RHP; Greg Holland, RHP; Steve Cishek, RHP; Juan Nicasio, RHP; Wade Davis, RHP – The Twins are looking to bring in a possible closer for the bullpen. Any of the above would be excellent candidates.
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