Our final tier represents some names that are going to be off of the scrap heap, but could make sense if the Twins want to take a flier for the back end of the rotation or to add depth in the minor leagues.
Julio Teheran – Once considered one of baseball’s top pitching prospects, Teheran has fallen short of those lofty expectations and is more of a middle of the road starter. When looking at his career (77-73, 3.87 ERA), he seems like an upgraded version of Martin Perez as his ERA has generally been a full run lower than Perez, who signed a one-year, $4 million contract last offseason. Teheran is two years older and his longer track record could generate more money, but he would at least be an intriguing flier.
Wade Miley – Not sexy by any means, but effective, Miley is an interesting flier considering he’s spent the last two years exceeding expectations. Miley served as the Milwaukee Brewers’ most reliable starter in their run to the NLCS in 2018 and went 13-4 with a 3.13 ERA in his first 27 starts with the Houston Astros. His 16.68 ERA in September aside, Miley can at least be an effective starter that can help with the fifth starter role.
Rick Porcello – If the Twins are dead set in going back to the Wes Johnson well with one of their acquisitions, having him work with Porcello might not be a bad idea. Porcello has been a fly ball pitcher that may have his issues at Target Field, but he’s also a former Cy Young Award winner that won while pitching at Boston’s Fenway Park. He’s going to come relatively cheap and if he finds his form, he could be a steal for a team like the Twins.