There haven’t been any concrete rumors linking the Twins to Rangers ace and free-agent-to-be C.J. Wilson, save for some speculation by the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, but that’s not the point of this post. Part of the fun of the offseason is speculating about wild scenarios; blockbuster trades and impact signings can be dreamed up, and debates about what should or shouldn’t be done can carry us through a cold, Twins-baseball-less winter.
If that’s not the sort of thing you’re into, then maybe this one’s not for you. If it is, stick around after the jump and some for some pros and cons regarding the concept of going after Wilson, and be sure to weigh in on the poll.
First off, let’s just start by saying that yes, this would be a highly uncharacteristic move for the Twins. Big free agent signings aren’t their forte; they typically barely dip their toe into the free agent starting pitching pool. Carl Pavano, Livan Hernandez, Ramon Ortiz, and Sidney Ponson weren’t exactly marquee signings (though Pavano was treated like one, and realistically was one of the better options on the market).
But the Twins have over $40M in commitments from their 2011 Opening Day payroll that aren't on the books. Michael Cuddyer ($10.5M), Joe Nathan ($11.25M), Matt Capps ($7.15M), Jason Kubel ($5.25M), and Delmon Young ($5.375M) total $39.525M, and there’s also the possibility of non-tendering or trading Kevin Slowey, who cost $2.7M this season and will cost somewhere in that ballpark again in 2012.
The Twins can afford Wilson. Should they try to sign him though?