Coming into the offseason, few teams needed starting pitching more than the Minnesota Twins.
Starving for rotational help, the Twins have committed over $84 million dollars to Ricky Nolasco, Mike Pelfrey and Phil Hughes. That apparently isn’t enough though as Minnesota remains ‘strongly interested‘ in free agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo:
Second person with direct knowledge tells me
#mnTwins remain strongly interested in signing Bronson Arroyo as well.
Bringing Arroyo on board would certainly be an improvement, but given the salary already committed, you can’t help but question spending nearly $100 million dollars on solid though above average pitchers, at best.
That said – Arroyo would be an instant help and the Twins would be going into the season with a very adequate top four.
On Saturday, it was reported that Arroyo had reduced his perspective team list down to just four franchises, with both the Twins and his former team, the Cincinnati Reds in the hunt. The other two teams remain unnamed.
Arroyo was not given a qualifying offer by the Cincinnati Reds, meaning the signing team will not be forced to forfeit a draft pick – a reason Arroyo is drawing such heavy interest in comparison to other bigger name arms.