Sep 26, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) throws during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

MLB rumors: Minnesota Twins more interested in Matt Garza than Ricky Nolasco?

There wasn’t expected to be much free agent interest in Matt Garza this offseason as it was expected the Texas Rangers planned to offer their starting pitcher a $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer, which would force any team that signed him to forfeit a draft pick.

But the Rangers, fearing Garza would accept the contract declined to offer him a qualifying offer which has made Garza into one of the most attractive free agent pitchers on the market.

Garza, who the Rangers acquired from the Chicago Cubs this past season has drawn interest from a handful of clubs, including the Minnesota Twins who reportedly are more interested in him than fellow starters, like Ricky Nolasco:

Yes, #MNTwins in on Nolasco. But I’m not buying the big push stuff at this point. Hear Garza more in that spot. More on @1500ESPN website.

Minnesota’s pitching was dreadfully awful in 2013, so both Garza and Nolasco would be a steady improvement over what the team had last season. And while the the Twins could certainly use both, it’s expected they’d only have the financial fledablity to sign one of the two arms.

Tags: Matt Garza Minnesota Twins Ricky Nolasco

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