Twins interested in lefty Joe Saunders


Oct 5, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Joe Saunders (48) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of the 2012 American League wild card playoff game at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Twins are pursuing free agent left-hander Joe Saunders, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

This report comes as a surprise as the Twins rarely look to sign outside free-agents to long-term contracts. Saunders reportedly has been holding out for a three-year deal this winter.

Saunders, 31, posted a 4.07 ERA in 28 starts between Baltimore and Arizona last season.

The Orioles, Mariners, Padres and Mets are among the other clubs who have expressed interest.