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Updated: October 22nd, 2013 2:12pm
Twins have signed 12 international free agents, expect to pursue more

Twins have signed 12 international free agents, expect to pursue more

by Darren Wolfson
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Even before conventional free agency begins six days after the World Series, the Twins tried to spend seven-figures.

They made an effort to sign Cuban right-hander Dalier Hinojosa, according to a team source.

"We were engaged in the process," the source said.

Hinojosa and his representative ultimately chose the Red Sox last week, signing for a reported $4 million bonus.

Scouts have differing opinions about whether Hinojosa, 27, is a starter or reliever. The Twins would've used him as a starter. He did both in Cuba's top league last year.

Because he is older than 23, Hinojosa's bonus would not have counted against the Twins' annual international spending pool. To date, the Twins have signed 12 such international free agents, and still have a little wiggle room under their approximate $4 million cap to add another player or two.

The Twins plan on scouting a few other international free agents in the coming weeks. Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon will hold a showcase state-side. He's an outright free agent, so he won't require a posting fee. His representative is Scott Boras.

Also on the Twins' radar: Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz and right-hander Odrisamer Depaigne. The Twins will watch both in Mexico in the coming weeks. Like Yoon, those two won't require a posting fee.

Even though they scouted him extensively, the Twins were never seriously in the mix for Cuban slugger Jose Abreu. He signed a reported 6-year, $68 million deal with the White Sox last week.

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