Minnesota Twins rumors: Twins look for mulligan with Dallas Keuchel

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Pitcher Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Atlanta Braves delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 11, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Pitcher Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Atlanta Braves delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 11, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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The Minnesota Twins couldn’t acquire the left-hander last June, but he reportedly is on their growing wish list to bolster the rotation.

By this point, Minnesota Twins fans would just like to see them make a move to help improve their starting rotation. As they sit through the winter meetings with little to no news on that front, they do have several rumors to chew on with the pursuits of Madison Bumgarner and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

But as the free-agent market continues to heat up, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that the Twins are still in the market for Bumgarner and Ryu while also showing interest in the services of Dallas Keuchel.

If you recall, the Twins were interested in Keuchel last June when the left-hander’s requirement of draft pick compensation was dropped, but never were able to get him to Minnesota. While the interest in Keuchel appeared to be lukewarm, the 31-year old produced a solid, but not spectacular season with the Atlanta Braves, going 8-8 with a 3.75 ERA in 19 starts.

The potential addition of Keuchel would be interesting for the Twins as they look to add to their current rotation of Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi and Michael Pineda. While Keuchel has had extreme success in his career during his time with the Houston Astros, he’s also battled several shoulder injuries over the years, which gave the Twins pause last June.

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Regardless, it’s another name to throw on the pile for Twins fans as they search for some sort of action. If the Twins can land Keuchel, it would be an upgrade to what they trotted out last year, but it could also be another “boy who cried wolf” scenario for a team that has been spurned by Zack Wheeler this offseason, Charlie Morton last year and Yu Darvish two years prior.

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