It’s no secret the Twins need starting pitching. Despite trading for Jake Odorizzi and signing Anibal Sanchez, the Twins still need starting pitching. According to some, the Twins were done after making those two aforementioned moves (plus signing slugger Logan Morrison), but apparently they weren’t.
Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports that the Twins offered free agent and former Cardinal Lance Lynn a two year deal for $20 million, but the right-hanger declined.
Lynn has been considered at least one of the top five free agent starters available this off season, yet remains unsigned. MLB Trade Rumors originally estimated he’d receive a deal near four years, $56 million, so you can understand his disappointed with the deal the Twins offered him. Of course, nearly ever free agent has been facing a similar problem this off season. Alex Cobb, who was considered to be in the same free-agent tier as Lynn, also remains unsigned. MLB Trade Rumors estimated that Cobb would receive a four-year, $48 million deal this off season.
Former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta — who MLB Trade Rumors estimated would receive a four-year, $100 million deal — also has yet to find a team.
Obviously, MLB Trade Rumors’ estimates were a bit... off this year. It’s hard to blame them, since no one expected this extraordinarily slow off season around MLB. It’s been so slow, most baseball writers have turned to investigating whether baseball teams and owners are colluding to depress player salaries.
According to Mike Berardino, the Twins are still looking for free agent starting pitching options, despite the spurn from Lance Lynn. Beyond Lynn, Arrieta, and Cobb, other cheaper options remain available on the market, including Jeremy Hellickson, Ubaldo Jimenez, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Scott Feldman, Trevor Cahill, Jeff Locke and ex-Twins Matt Garza, R.A. Dickey, and, uh, Ricky Nolasco.
Which free agent pitcher would you like to see the Twins add?
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