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Lance Lynn is expected to make his spring debut on Tuesday.

It will also be his Twins debut, though his new one-year, $12 million deal isn't official yet. Lynn has been working out even though he hasn't been with a team, so he's expected to be right on track for the start of the regular season.
Mar 12 - 2:58 PM

Even with the signing of Lance Lynn, Twins' manager Paul Molitor said he planned to open the season with a four-man rotation.

Due to off-days early in the season the Twins don't need a fourth starter for awhile, so it sounds like they'll roll with Lynn, Jake Odorizzi, Jose Berrios and Kyle Gibson.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 11 - 9:32 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports the Twins and free agent Lance Lynn are in agreement on a one-year, $12 million deal.

Multiple outlets were reporting that the sides were close on a one-year deal, and Morosi says it's now done. One year is surely less than Lynn set out to get at the start of free agency, but he was one of a number of free agents who found the market unfavorable. The Twins, meanwhile, are loading up for another postseason run, having acquired Lynn, Logan Morrison and Jake Odorizzi in recent weeks. Lynn should do well in Minnesota and, with the carrot of another payday next winter, should also be motivated this season.
Mar 10 - 4:42 PM

The Twins are "closing in on a deal" with free agent Lance Lynn, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The Twins reportedly recently made a two-year, $20 million offer to Lynn, so the smoke has been there. Heyman says this deal would likely be for one year. The Twins have taken advantage of the down market for free agents this winter, also inking Logan Morrison to a seemingly below-market deal. Lynn posted a strong 3.43 ERA in 186 1/3 innings last year with the Cardinals and would fit nicely in the Twins rotation.
Mar 10 - 4:32 PM

According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins recently made a two-year, $20 million offer to free agent Lance Lynn but it was a "non-starter."

It was reported a week ago that Lynn had rejected an offer from the Twins, and now we know the numbers. The 30-year-old right-hander is presumably looking for something more in the three-year or four-year range, with a much higher average annual value than $10 million. But the calendar is moving quickly toward the opening of the 2018 regular season and Lynn will want to get into a major league camp soon to get properly stretched out. Lynn returned from Tommy John surgery last season to deliver a 3.43 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 186 1/3 innings with the Cardinals. He owns a strong 3.38 career ERA.
Mar 6 - 5:23 PM

Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio reports that the Twins are unlikely to sign any of the top remaining starting pitchers on the free agent market.

Many had thought that after they lost out on Yu Darvish, that they'd move on down the list and still find a way to reinforce their starting rotation. They reportedly made an offer to Lance Lynn last month, but talks have appeared to fizzle out since then. Bowden doesn't expect the Twins to be in the mix for Lynn, Jake Arrieta or Alex Cobb.
Mar 4 - 9:14 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reports that the Twins' offer to Lance Lynn last month "was for more than 2/12ish."

How much more than two years and $12 million isn't known, but that's a really low number so it's no surprise that Lynn rejected it. Wolfson adds that "there aren't any active discussions between the sides," so unless one side budges significantly it doesn't sound like there's a match here. The Phillies, Nationals, Brewers and Orioles are other clubs that have been connected to Lynn.
Mar 2 - 9:34 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that Logan Morrison has agreed to terms with the Twins on a one-year, $6.5 million contract with a vesting option for 2019.

Morosi hears the contract could be worth as much as $16.5 million over two years, and ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says Morrison has a "reasonable chance" at maxing out the deal. Morrison no doubt had eyes on a bigger contract after he batted .246/.353/.516 with a career-high 38 home runs in 2017 with the Rays, but he never gained much traction in the slow offseason market. He should be the Twins' main designated hitter and can also fill in at first base.
Feb 25 - 2:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Twins are "in serious talks" with Logan Morrison and the two sides are "moving closer" to a deal.

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press was first to report earlier Sunday that the Twins had interest in LoMo, and it appears they're nearing the finish line on a contract. Morrison gives the Twins another option in the designated hitter spot and can also fill in at first base or even the outfield on occasion. He batted .246/.353/.516 with a career-high 38 home runs in 2017 with the Rays.
Feb 25 - 1:43 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins are showing interest in Logan Morrison.

Morrison would give Minnesota another option in the designated hitter spot and could also fill in on occasion at first base. The 30-year-old has had trouble finding traction on the market this offseason even after batting .246/.353/.516 with a career-high 38 home runs in 2017. The Twins could be able to land LoMo relatively cheaply.
Feb 25 - 10:57 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Twins "seem to prefer" Lance Lynn among the remaining free agent starting pitchers.

Heyman notes, however, that "there's still a gap in talks," with one Twins source telling him Lynn's asking price "hasn’t moved much, or enough, to this point." Minnesota seems to be content with their rotation for now after adding Jake Odorizzi, but they aren't ruling out addition upgrades if the cost reaches a certain level. Of course, many clubs would figure to have interest in Lynn if his demands drop significantly.
Feb 23 - 12:07 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Rays have traded Jake Odorizzi to the Twins.

FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that shortstop prospect Jermaine Palacios is headed back to the Rays. It's a savvy pickup for the middle of the Twins' rotation. Odorizzi's name swirled in trade talks all winter after he put up a 4.14 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 143 1/3 innings last season. He recently won his arbitration hearing against the Rays and will make a $6.3 million salary in 2018. He's under team control through 2019.
Feb 17 - 9:47 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Twins have agreed to terms with Anibal Sanchez on a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

The veteran right-hander has the opportunity to earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives. Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN was first to report that the two sides were talking. It's a bit surprising given how this market has gone that Sanchez got a major league contract, but MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger hears that the deal isn't fully guaranteed. Sanchez had a rough go of it the last three years in Detroit, posting a 5.67 ERA. That includes a 6.41 ERA last season. Given the state of the Twins' rotation, the soon-to-be 34-year-old should have a good shot to break camp as one of the starting five.
Feb 16 - 5:34 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reports that the Twins have some interest in Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez surely isn't a primary target, but Minnesota could be looking for a pair of starters following Ervin Santana's finger surgery. Slated to turn 34 later this month, Sanchez has posted a 5.67 ERA over the last three seasons, including an ugly 6.41 mark in 2017 when he spent some time in the minors. The Twins could probably get him on a minor league contract.
Feb 16 - 4:29 PM

According to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, the Twins will be present for Tim Lincecum's showcase on Thursday.

Add another team to the list. The Yankees, Brewers, Giants, and Padres are among the other clubs expected to attend. Lincecum didn't pitch at all last season and had an unsightly 9.16 ERA over nine starts with the Angels in 2016, but he's gotten in great shape in hopes of resurrecting his career. The Twins have an obvious need for a starter, though Lincecum is a huge wild card at this point.
Feb 13 - 2:31 PM

According to Lavelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Twins are still exploring possible trades with the Rays for right-hander Chris Archer.

After getting spurned by Yu Darvish, the Twins are still looking for an upgrade to the front-end of their rotation. The club made the Rays a formal offer for Archer two weeks ago and it's known that the Rays have some interest in Max Kepler as part of a return package. It's going to take a whole lot more than that though to acquire the 29-year-old hurler, who is affordably locked up through 2019 and has a pair of club options for 2020 and 2021.
Feb 11 - 9:05 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Orioles, Twins, Brewers, Cubs and Yankees are among the teams that have inquired on Jake Odorizzi.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times hears that the Cardinals and Angels have also discussed Odorizzi with the Rays. We can safely cross the Cubs off the list of clubs having interest in Odorizzi after they agreed to terms with Yu Darvish, but the right-hander makes some sense as a target for the other teams. Odorizzi will make a little over $6 million in 2018 and is under team control for 2019, as well, but the quasi-rebuilding Rays would like to shed his contract.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 11 - 9:48 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Astros starter Collin McHugh is drawing trade interest from a number of teams.

Jake Odorizzi of the Rays is also popular on the trade market and is being sought by some of the same clubs that have reached out to the Astros about potentially acquiring McHugh. Those clubs include the Twins, Orioles, and possibly the Yankees. This trade market for mid-tier starting pitchers might not truly get going until top free agent starters Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta have found landing spots. McHugh, 30, missed the first half of the 2017 season with a right elbow impingement but posted a solid 3.55 ERA and 62 strikeouts over 63 1/3 innings (12 starts) when he finally came off the disabled list.
Source: The Athletic
Feb 8 - 9:55 AM

According to Darren Wilson of ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis, the Twins have submitted a formal offer to free agent starter Yu Darvish.

The exact specifics of the offer are unknown, but Wolfson says on the latest episode of his podcast that it is believed to be four or five years in length. He also mentions that the Twins are reluctant at this point to push that offer to six years. Earlier on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Darvish has "several" offers on the table worth more than $100 million, and USA Today's Bob Nightengale mentioned that a number of them are in the five-year range. We could finally be seeing some progress with the top starting pitcher on the market, and Minnesota might have a real shot here. The Cubs, Brewers, Dodgers, and Yankees are also thought to be in pursuit of the 31-year-old right-hander.
Source: ESPN 1500
Feb 7 - 11:04 PM

According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins "continue to show interest" in free agent starter Jaime Garcia.

Garcia won his only start with the Twins last July before they flipped him to the Yankees and he would make for decent rotation insurance leading into 2018 with Ervin Santana (finger) likely to miss the entire first month. The 31-year-old left-hander wound up with a 4.41 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 129/64 K/BB ratio in 157 total innings (27 starts) last season between Atlanta, Minnesota, and New York. He can probably be had on a one-year contract.
Feb 6 - 7:15 PM


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