Minnesota Twins: 3 Non-Tendered Players for the Twins to Target
Minnesota Twins Non-Tender Candidate No. 2: LHP Andrew Vasquez
A former Minnesota Twins reliever, Andrew Vasquez was acquired by the Dodgers late last season in a trade. L.A. decided to non-tender him after only pitching 1.2 innings with the big league club. I think it would make sense for the Twins to bring him back.
He’s 28 years old, has little MLB service time, and has the potential to be one of the best strikeout pitchers in baseball. During his minor league career, he’s posted a 13.55 K/9, as well as a 2.43 ERA. He has trouble with control, though, walking 4.52 batters every nine innings in the minors.
However, it’s hard finding lefties with his skillset. If he can maintain his strikeout numbers and find a little more consistency- maybe 4.00 BB/9- then he could become another dependable option for Rocco Baldelli in the ‘pen. He’ll also cost almost nothing and still has a minor-league option.