Twins Supposedly Still “Pursuing” 3 Best Starting Arms Left On Market

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“The Minnesota Twins are pursuing [INSERT TOP FREE AGENT SP HERE].”

Oh, if I had a Nickel…

… I’d be rich af, at this point; going on three years into this new Minnesota Twins regime, lead by Derek Falvey and Thad Levine “Falvine”. MLB insiders around the league are feasting on the hot stove right now. It’s the best time of year for those MLB reporters who crave the big scoop…. and all of those people on the inside, have heard the Twins being mentioned on just about every big available starting pitcher update they’ve dropped in recent years. The only two big time pitchers the Twins haven’t really been tied to, are the two biggest on the market this offseason, Stephen Strasburg and Garrett Cole.

From Shohei Ohtani and Yu Darvish 2 seasons ago…. to both the Craig Kimbrel (I know he’s not a starter but he helps prove my point) and Dallas Kuechel negotiations that dragged past the trade deadline last season…. and now into what’s become this offseason’s 40-yard Free Agency Dash… we’ve heard the Twins mentioned in the list of teams who always make a “substantial offer”.

Unless you think all of the reports over the last 3 seasons are #FakeNews, you can’t deny the fact that the Twins have been finalists in all of these discussions. Facts are facts. At first, that was exciting. Never, had we gotten the opportunity to even see the Twins mentioned in these talks. I’m surprised the national insiders knew how to spell Twins before Falvine took over… and that’s not a shot at the intelligence of these national reporters.

But now… the glamour of being mentioned by national MLB insiders has worn off on a lot of the Minnesota Twins fanbase and NONE of those discussions bore the fruit of a big-name-pitcher being signed by the this big-time-promise “Falvine” regime.

So now, we have media members and optimistic fans around Twins Nation, who are wondering why a faction (arguable on the size of said faction) of the fanbase is losing patience and demanding the Twins bear that big time free agent fruit ASAP. Yet, I’m left questioning those “optimistic” media members and fans, on why they aren’t more eager to be World Series contenders at an even more serious level than what we tasted last year?

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The Twins are a Brett Favre-type Free Agent pitcher away from being world series contenders next year. They are a younger Brett Favre-type away from being legitimate contenders for a handful of years to come. On top of that, the Twins need to spend $40 Million dollars before the season starts, just to get back to last year’s payroll and they have nowhere to spend it beyond 1B and SP.

We’ve heard repeatedly that the Twins will jump out the window and into free agency, once it opened up for them to make their move… Yet here that window is now, currently the size of the entire wall it once sat on, creating a vaccuum-like vortex that is trying to pull the Twins, with tornado-like force, into the Free Agency wilderness… but Falvin still refuses to jump out like they once promised they’d do.

I was rubbed the wrong way when the Twins didn’t even place a call to Strasburg or Cole. I was over the whole fucking thing when they pulled back early on Wheeler. Give me whatever excuse you want. They’ve expired their excuses, and lost that benefit of the doubt. Now, it’s time to put up or shut up and I’m starting to feel like this organization will do their best to avoid spending big money unless they are forced to.

So until they prove me wrong, I’ll continue to force the action like they apparently need. Seeing is believing at this point. Nothing else is good enough.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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