According to Jon Heyman, the Twins have narrowed their wish list down to four pitchers: Matt Garza, Bronson Arroyo, Bartolo Colon, and Mike Pelfrey.
#twins pitching list: garza, arroyo, colon, pelfrey.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 11, 2013
Not all of these pitchers are created equally. Some are more talented, some are younger, some would require a shorter contract commitment. Garza, however, is the only one good enough and young enough to lead the team into the future.
Colon, about to enter his age-41 season, is a sure-fire one-year contract. We know that Pelfrey, 30 next season, has been offered a two-year deal by the Twins. Arroyo, to be 37, is more likely to sign on a multi-year contract although with some fairly lofty expectations for his age:
Sense here is Arroyo could get done at Meetings. Expectation: 3 yr, $36M range. #Twins #Reds few others in for tough-minded innings eater— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 11, 2013
But Garza, on the other hand, will enter his age-30 season with the credentials and stuff to be a very solid number two pitcher. He's young enough and talented enough to help Ricky Nolasco lead this team through the end of its down cycle and into a time when the players and resources available should make the Twins competitive in the next year or two.
Checked on a Matt Garza #MNTwins update, and simply got, "Nothing new." Ryan/Antony know the price. They've spoken w/ his agent plenty.— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) December 11, 2013
As for Garza, he and the Twins know exactly where each other sit. Minnesota needs help, and Garza can give them more help than anyone else on the free agent market. Garza needs a home on perhaps the last big contract of his career, and Minnesota can offer him not only that but an opportunity to become a leader to a franchise.
It still feels highly unlikely that Minnesota is able to corral their former pitcher, but it's not outside the realm of reality yet, either. Whatever happens, we could see results soon.
Teams that have checked in on Matt Garza are being told he could sign in next 24-48 hours. Lots of #Diamondbacks buzz today.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 11, 2013