Minnesota Twins Rumors: Could Jake Peavy be an option?

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 29: Jake Peavy
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 29: Jake Peavy /

Spring has sprung, and the Minnesota Twins are STILL on the lookout for pitching. The front office has stayed active on all of the big names available this off-season. However, every season across Major League Baseball, a player emerges from under the radar.

Reportedly, Jake Peavy will work out for MLB scouts in early May, and he is one name for the Minnesota Twins to keep an eye on. The Twins need more than just starting pitching, they also need veteran experience. Peavy broke into Major League Baseball with the San Diego Padres way back in 2002. He has playoff experience, and that could help the Twins in 2018.

However, Peavy has not been very effective over his last few seasons in Major League Baseball. He is 20-28 over his last 82 games, 72 starts, with a 4.19 ERA and a 7 K/9. However, those numbers don’t tell the whole story as he has had a very good 2.6 BB/9 and showed he still has good command of the strike zone.

Could Peavy fit with the Twins?

Peavy was once one the most dominant right-handed pitchers in all of Major League Baseball. He has dealt with personal issues in recent years, but he wants to make a comeback and the Twins could offer the perfect opportunity.

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Ervin Santana will be back…well, who really knows when he’ll actually come back? It should be some time around May, but you never really know. The same can be said for Michael Pineda and Phil Hughes, both are rehabbing injuries but should contribute in ’18. Minnesota is hurting in the rotation and if Peavy can show anything at his workout in May, the Twins should at least consider signing him.

At his best, Peavy was a legit Cy Young candidate. He averaged 159 strikeouts and only 50 walks per season from 2002-2012 for the Padres and the Chicago White Sox. Peavy also won a Cy Young Award while appearing in three All-Star games.

Peavy is a player who has been through everything a Major League Baseball season can throw at a player. The Minnesota Twins have a relatively young team and adding a veteran like Peavy could push the team to the next level.

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