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Updated: March 1st, 2014 9:28am
Source: Twins interested in pitcher Joe Saunders if the price is right

Source: Twins interested in pitcher Joe Saunders if the price is right

by Darren Wolfson
1500ESPN.com
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The Twins are not actively involved in talks with big-name free agents Stephen Drew, Kendrys Morales, and Ervin Santana, but they may not be done spending.

A team source didn't deny that they are monitoring free agent starter Joe Saunders' situation. The Twins offered Saunders a 1-year, $8 million deal last January, but he instead chose a comparable offer from Seattle. The source said that if Saunders is willing to take a minimal deal, which after an underwhelming 2013 season seems inevitable, they are interested.

The 32-year-old left-hander had a $6.5 million 2014 option declined by the Mariners after he posted a 5.26 ERA in 32 starts last year. However, Saunders posted a career-best ground ball rate.

Saunders had a 3.86 combined ERA in 2011 and 2012. In other words, he seemingly is a better pitcher than what he demonstrated for Seattle.

Saunders switched agents in the offseason from Greg Genske to Craig Landis.

He had a tryout for the Rangers last week at their spring training facility in Arizona. The Twins source declined comment about whether they had seen Saunders throw recently, or were planning to in the coming days.

Darren "Doogie" Wolfson is the jack-of-all-trades sports guy for 5 Eyewitness News and a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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