The Minnesota Twins are targeting starting pitching to add
to their major league rotation, and they’re eyeing several free agents, including
Joe Blanton, Kevin Correia and Brett Myers, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
With that deal complete, the Twins now turn their attention
to acquiring some immediate help for a rotation that went 39-75 with a 5.40 ERA
in 2012. It's not a reach to say they're pitching-obsessed.
The Twins entered the offseason with only one starter
penciled into their 2013 rotation, left-hander Scott Diamond. While they were
able to flip outfielder Denard Span for Alex Meyer, a prospect who could turn into a top-of-the-rotation
starter down the road, they need bodies to fill out their staff for next season.
Minnesota will likely pass on high-profile arms, including
Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez, Ryan Dempster and even Edwin Jackson, according
to Crasnick. The Twins will instead settle into the lower-level of free agent
options, including Blanton, Correia and Myers, who says he wants to be a
starter next season.
Beyond Blanton, Correia and Myers the Twins may also look at
several non-tendered arms, including John Lannan and Mike Pelfrey, as well as
veteran free agent Vicente Padilla.
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