Will the Twins be able to keep pace in what has turned into an arms race for American League contenders? Starting pitching would help and it sounds like the Twins are still looking to add an arm or two.
With Ervin Santana out for a stretch with an injured finger, Jose Berrios will most likely step into the opening day spot and hopes to build on his success as one of the top young pitchers in baseball. Recently acquired Jake Odorizzi will be added to the mix and Kyle Gibson, Anibal Sanchez and Phil Hughes round out the back-end of the rotation.
After swinging and missing on Yu Darvish, its obvious the Twins set out this offseason to bring in a front end of the rotation or in a perfect world, an ace level pitcher. When Darvish chose the Cubs, the chances of the Twins making good on that goal were decreased dramatically. There are some possible front end starters still available in Jake Arrieta and Alex Cobb but after such a strange and slow free agency period, we can only guess which players will stand strong and possibly miss regular season games until their requests are met, and which ones will wind up lowering their demands and signing.
It’s clear that the Twins new front office have no desire to wind up with dead money on their books at the end of player contracts. The fifth year in the Darvish contract was the difference between him playing in Minnesota or Chicago, will Darvish be pitching effectively in 2023? The Cubs will be paying him either way.
Will the Falvey-Lavine brain trust be able to bring in a front end starter on a team friendly deal? It seems more fantasy than reality at this point, but after this offseason, your guess is as good as mine.