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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

Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that the Twins have interest in free agent right-hander Chris Tillman.

Yu Darvish remains the Twins' top priority and they've also been linked to Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb, but the club is also looking at adding back-end rotation depth in the event that they are unable to land a big name. Tillman was flat-out awful last season, posting a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances. He would presumably accept a one-year deal in hopes of restoring his value and hitting the open market again next winter. Bollinger also notes that chief baseball officer Derek Falvey hasn't ruled out giving Jaime Garcia another try.
Jan 30 - 1:07 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press was told by a club official who has been in contact with the Twins front office that it's doubtful the team will be able to sign Yu Darvish.

Darvish's market appears to finally be heating up, which could take the Twins out of the running. "They aren’t giving him $150 million," the club official told Berardino. It's not a sure thing that Darvish will ultimately get a $150 million deal, but the bidding could still go higher than what the Twins have in mind. It was reported Monday that the Cubs are having "active talks" with Darvish, but teams like the Brewers, Dodgers, Yankees, and Rangers are also in the mix here. The Twins have an obvious need for a starter, but they might have to pivot to a second-tier name like Alex Cobb or Lance Lynn.
Jan 23 - 12:30 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, free agent right-hander Yu Darvish has at least one five-year offer on the table.

The identity of the team who made the offer and the specifics regarding the financials aren't known. However, given the number of teams involved, it would be no surprise if he ultimately lands a five-year deal. We could be getting close to crunch time, finally. The Cubs, Dodgers, Twins, Brewers, Yankees, and Rangers are all believed to be in the mix.
Jan 22 - 2:53 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reports that the Twins are "maintaining regular dialogue" with Wade Miley's agent.

Wolfson also notes that the club is talking to the agents for Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, Chris Tillman and Mike Napoli, players that they had previously been connected to. Miley obviously wouldn't be the frontline starter the Twins are looking for, but he'd be a solid depth addition even though he's coming off a year when he posted a 5.61 ERA over 32 starts.
Jan 21 - 3:43 PM

Twins owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday at the team's TwinsFest he's "totally on board" with signing free agent Yu Darvish or another free agent starter.

"Yes, I’m totally on board with that," Pohlad told fans. "There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there. I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody." Pohlad later admitted to being a Darvish fan, and Twins president and CEO Dave St. Peter said, "There is mutual interest in seeing if something makes sense for both parties. We’re not there yet today but that could accelerate here in the near future. We’ll see." The Twins are on the list of teams the 31-year-old is known to be considering, a list that recently also included the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, and Astros.
Jan 20 - 5:18 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Twins have come to an agreement on a two-year contract with Addison Reed.

The deal, which is pending a physical, is reportedly just under $17 million. The 29-year-old hurler posted a 2.84 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 76/15 K/BB ratio in 76 innings between the Mets and Red Sox in 2017. He should be in the mix for save chances in Minnesota, with his primary competition coming from Fernando Rodney.
Jan 13 - 1:31 PM

Yu Darvish indicated Wednesday night on his personal Twitter account that he is deciding between six teams.

Darvish was responding to a report from Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, which stated that the free agent starter has received ongoing interest from the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, and Twins. "I know one more team is in," Darvish replied. That team could be the Dodgers, as Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times tweeted Wednesday that it is his "understanding" the reigning NL champions are still in the mix "despite the financial hurdles." Darvish signing this week could finally unclog a free agent market that has been stagnant all winter for both starting pitchers and position players.
Jan 11 - 1:51 AM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reports that the Twins have inquired about free agent right-hander Chris Tillman.

Tillman is looking for a one-year contract this winter, where he can hopefully rebuild his value before hitting the free agent market again. The 29-year-old posted a miserable 7.84 ERA, 1.89 WHIP and 63/51 K/BB ratio across 93 innings with the O's in 2017.
Jan 7 - 8:59 PM

Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 reports that the Twins are still trying to schedule a meeting with free agent Yu Darvish.

This news comes at the same time as a report from The Athletic's Jim Bowden stating that Minnesota is prepared to offer Darvish a "market deal" for his services. In order to do that, one would assume the Twins' brass would need to have a meeting to at least gauge Darvish's interest in coming to Minneapolis. The Twins have rarely been in position to sign high-profile free agents, but they are coming off a playoff berth and have a young nucleus of players on club-favorable contracts. The addition of an ace like Darvish could make them among the American League favorites in 2018.
Jan 3 - 9:21 PM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that talks between the Twins and Mike Napoli "aren’t as intense as being reported" and there's "nothing even close to imminent."

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported earlier Monday that the two sides were in "serious talks," but Feinsand hears that while the Twins like Napoli, nothing is close to getting done. The fit makes sense, as Napoli shouldn't cost much and gives the Twins a designated hitter candidate and occasional fill-in at first base. Napoli had surgery earlier this offseason to repair a torn ligament in his right hand, but he should be fine for spring training.
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