In wide-ranging search for pitching, Twins do have offers on the table
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NASHVILLE -- In their wide-ranging search for multiple starting pitchers, the Minnesota Twins do have offers on the table as of Wednesday morning, league sources said.
Over the first three days of baseball's winter meetings, Twins general manager Terry Ryan and other team executives have met with representatives for nearly every free agent starter. Ryan has also spent significant time talking to other general managers about possible trades.
The Star Tribune reported Wednesday morning the Twins have made offers to left-handers Joe Saunders and Francisco Liriano, who share the same agency.
The Twins have also expressed interest in John Lannan, Brandon McCarthy, Joe Blanton and Brett Myers.
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported the Twins have inquired about Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland.
As of right now, it appears the Twins have drawn a line somewhere up the free-agent-starter totem pole -- nothing is brewing between the Twins and Zack Greinke, and very little is brewing between the Twins and Anibal Sanchez, who reportedly wants $90 million over six years.
On Tuesday, Ryan declined to guarantee the Twins would finalize a deal before leaving the winter meetings on Thursday.
"That's always a tough question," Ryan said. "You never know. We could. We may not. So that's difficult. You can't predict that. I didn't know I was going to trade Denard that particular today either. I got a call saying they freed up the pitcher we were interested in so we made it. So that's how that happens. It's amazing. I had no idea."
Ryan was coy when asked about a free agent market that appears to have inflated prices.
"I never pay too much attention to what may be the general market mentality might be," Ryan said. "It doesn't matter. All of a sudden, if you think that's the market, well we don't. If you have sincere interest on both sides you'll ultimately settle on something.
"Usually the month of November and week or two prior to Thanksgiving there are some signs. And that happened again this year. Do I think that's the market? Agents do believe in that but clubs don't usually. That's usually where most people start but that's not always the market."