The Minnesota Twins have emerged as a potential big player in this winter’s market, with FanRag’s Jon Heyman connecting them to several top pitchers. Not only are they expected to be very much in the mix for Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta, but Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, and others are also on the radar.
Heyman notes that the Twins are believed to prefer Darvish over Arrieta, even though the former’s contract projections are much higher.
Darvish and Arrieta are in a class by themselves on the free-agent market, and while the Twins like both pitchers, there are hints Darvish is No. 1 on their list and Arrieta perhaps No. 1A.
Darvish’s talent is seen as supreme, but both pitchers have a case to be the best. Arrieta has a Cy Young and he actually had the slightly better season in 2017, despite a slow start, finishing with a 3.53 ERA and 14-10 record to Darvish’s 3.86 and 10-12 (Darvish did have more strikeouts, 209 to 163, though Arrieta missed some time late with a hamstring injury).
It’s not just about the starters, though, as Minnesota will be looking to bolster the bullpen in light of the possible departures of Matt Belisle …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider