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Sunday Brunch & Baseball: Arroyo, Passan, Reynolds, Yoon

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Where is he looking? Because it's not at the batter.
Where is he looking? Because it's not at the batter.
Chung Sung-Jun

Happy Sunday, folks. Here's the latest nuggets out of Twins Territory from the weekend.

  • Via Nick Cafardo, the ever evasive Mystery Team is moving closer to offering Bronson Arroyo a three-year contract. That could be a straight offer or through an option, but it seems one team is willing to make the mistake. Cafardo mentioned the Twins in passing, saying it's not known whether or not they were the team in on the third season (since Minnesota has been the team most closely tied to Arroyo all winter). I continue to believe that among the free agent starters to which the Twins are tied, only Matt Garza is worthy of a multi-year offer.
  • Jeff Passan takes a pretty accurate look at the Twins' off-season to date and assesses what the 2014 season will really be about, And then he ruins it at the end with that stupid haiku. Damn you, Passan.

  • We continue to hear about Minnesota's lukewarm interest in Reynolds, and it has to be said: it's a good idea. He'd be inexpensive, could backup Trevor Plouffe and Joe Mauer at the corners, and has legitimate power as a right-handed hitter. Minnesota is already banking on the upside of Jason Kubel, and I think they'd be well-served going the same route with Reynolds. The real challenge, though, would be whether he fits in around how the team chooses to construct its bench; if Kubel (as a DH) and Reynolds (as one of the bench spots) are both on the roster, then the bench would be filled out by Kurt Suzuki, someone who can play the middle infield (probably Eduardo Escobar or, on a long shot, Jason Bartlett), and another outfielder (ideally one who could play center field, so not Chris Parmelee or Chris Colabello).

  • Yoon would be an interesting pickup for Minnesota, but he projects as a full-time reliever in Major League Baseball. Considering that the bullpen was the one area of plus talent for the Twins last season, outside of catcher, is Yoon so good that he'd be worth the money and the player displaced from the roster? Judging just by his numbers, no, I don't think he is. Casey Fien, Jared Burton, Michael Tonkin, Caleb Thielbar, Brian Duensing, and Anthony Swarzak seem like a very capable crew behind Glen Perkins.