Who could the Twins sign in free agency?
The Twins will once again have to go to free agency to fill out their rotation. While some fans have dreams of Gerrit Cole in a Twins uniform, the team will not have the cash available to sign him the contract he will end up earning. That being said, the Twins will be able to go out and get pretty much anyone else as they have plenty of money, a strong lineup, and a pitcher-friendly park. The team surprisingly has a lot to offer.
The Twins will look to add at least one left-hander, similar to how they brought in Perez. Madison Bumgarner, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Dallas Kuechel are the top southpaws available and the Twins will go after them to fill the role of top-two starter. Bumgarner and Kuechel are definitely going to be targets (Ryu is a little older and doesn’t fit the Twins window as well), and the team could also take looks at Cole Hamels, Alex Wood, or Wade Miley as well.
For right-handers, the market includes Cole, Zack Wheeler, Rick Porcello, and Stephen Strasburg if he chooses to opt-out of his contract. The Twins will attempt to be in on Cole and Strasburg as they look for impact pitching. If they fail to land either of those two, they’ll surely grab a decent guy from the bargain bin like Porcello or Wheeler to shore up the rotation.