Potential Twins free agent target signs with Chicago Cubs
With Spring Training just days away, teams around baseball are still combing through available free agents to see who might be able to serve as a missing piece to a potential championship roster.
The Minnesota Twins don't seem to be in much of a rush to make any further additions this offseason, although such a thing remains on the table. After bringing back Carlos Correa, trading Luis Arraez, and adding guys like Pablo Lopez and Joey Gallo, Minnesota seems content on heading down to Fort Meyers with the crew they have at the moment.
Despite this, there have been rumblings that the Twins could add another arm to the bullpen in an effort to bolster a unit that struggled mightily last season. The best improvement might already be on the roster, and wouldn't cost the Twins a cent, which seems like the optimal approach.
As the Twins sit back and await Spring Training to arrive, some of the available pitchers they might have added are getting snatched up. Michael Fulmer, who spent time with the Twins last season, is one of those free agents now off the board.
According to Ken Rosenthal, Fulmer and the Cubs agreed to a deal on Friday.
It's tough to say that this was any sort of significant blow to the Twins offseason plans. For all intents and purposes Minnesota seems to be done making additions this offseason. Spring Training is right around the corner, and while the team could always use some extra help -- specifically with pitching -- there doesn't seem to be a need big enough to address.
That should be the takeaway from Fulmer signing with the Cubs. Minnesota had him on its radar, he already did a tour of duty with the bullpen, and the case could be made for the Twins to add another relief arm to the unit. Yet, they sat on their hands long enough for another team to swoop in and sign Fulmer but don't seem bothered enough to have gotten involved in any serious way.
Fulmer also wasn't a top option on the market in general, which begs the question of why the Cubs didn't go after someone else. Matt Moore and Andrew Chafin, the latter of whom spent time in Chicago recently, feel like better options on paper.
Whether or not the Twins end up making another move is yet to be seen. But watching Fulmer sign with the Cubs without the Twins seemingly getting involved might tell us all we need to know.