Thursday Twins Notes: Perkins, Mastroianni, Pelfrey, Free Agency

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Wainwright has to be glad that last night is finally over. Don't worry, Adam, Twins fans felt that way all season.

Other than players occasionally being outrighted off the 40-man roster, there won't be much roster movement for the Twins until the World Series is over. While that could be as late as a week from tonight and while I picked St. Louis to win it in six, if last night is anything to go on it will be an ugly and fast end to the season for the Cardinals.

In the mean time, here are a couple of Twins notes for your Thursday morning.

Glen Perkins Has Surgery

When it comes to "right knee medial meniscus arthroscopic surgery", it typically takes four to five months for a full recovery. This means that, while Perkins might be brought up to speed a bit more carefully in spring training, he should be fine and we'll see him at full strength well before the season begins in April. Thankfully this procedure happened at the beginning of October and not, say, the middle of December.

Darin Mastroianni Has Surgery

Mastroianni's procedure isn't as invasive as Perkins', which is good news. With Wilkin Ramirez now out of the picture for the 2014 outfield, the center field job will fall to either Mastroianni or Alex Presley. Based on his performance down the stretch I would expect Presley to go into camp as the favorite, but unless the Twins take Josh Willingham out of left field it will be the only outfield spot that will have open competition.

Mike Pelfrey Will Be a Free Agent

Wolfson later adds that he expects the Twins to be active in free agency for at least one pitcher, which will be the minimum goal set by the front office. Pelfrey is still officially on Minnesota's 40-man roster, a number that will drop to 35 when he inevitably comes off.

Giants Sign Tim Lincecum

It's not that much of a surprise that the Giants kept their home-grown two-time Cy Young pitcher in the fold, but it does two things as far as the Twins are concerned.

  1. It takes one more pitcher off the market, and a good one at that, and
  2. His contract will have repercussions on the rest of the market for free agent starters.
Getting Lincecum at two years and $35 million isn't outrageous, but it's still roughly $6 million more than he'd have gotten from San Francisco if he'd have accepted back-to-back qualifying offers from the Giants. He wouldn't have accepted the first one though, so the second one is moot, which really makes this a We-Really-Don't-Want-You-To-Hit-Free-Agency-Because-We-Won't-Be-Able-To-Compete-With-An-Open-Market offer. For a pitcher who has been worth a combined 2.5 wins above replacement over the last two seasons, San Francisco is betting on Lincecum having two more bounce-back seasons.

Pitchers like Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez will have their offers affected by the Lincecum deal. Will that scare off the Twins' front office? Hopefully not too much, but they're still going to need to find a good pitcher that actually wants to come to Minnesota. Overpaying will be necessary, but I doubt they'll be handing out $20 million per year contracts to Santana, Jimenez, or someone else like Dan Haren.

Corey Hart's Expected Market Value

MLB Trade Rumors is running a series where they profile this winter's crop of free agents. Hart was the topic of the discussion on Wednesday, from our own Steve Adams, who determines that ultimately the current Brewer could be in line for a one-year deal worth $8 million, plus another $2 to $4 million in incentives.

If that truly is the expected market for Hart's services, then targeting him wouldn't have an ill effect on Minnesota's primary off-season goal of bringing in starting pitching. With an estimated $40 million to spend this winter, signing Hart to a deal slightly over MLBTR's expected value could still end up being a steal for the Twins.

That's all for now. We'll see you back here later today.

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