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Report: Twins have made an offer to Yu Darvish, free-agent Mike Napoli could be a target

The Twins have made a formal contract offer to Yu Darvish, according to Darren Wolfson, a frequent contributor to 1500ESPN. Whether or not Darvish accepts the deal remains to be seen, but a contract offer represents the culmination of an entire winter worth of stated interest in the best free agent starter available.

Wolfson said that the Darvish contract offer does not cover 6 years, but he speculated that it’s either 4 or 5 years in duration.

The Twins have said at every stop that they’ll look for ways to improve their starting pitching and GM Thad Levine has said multiple times in interviews that Darvish would be a priority, even if Levine declined to get into more specific detail about the nature of their interest and the price point at which they’d feel comfortable.

The Darvish offer is one of several notable items from Wolfson’s recent podcast episode on “The Scoop.

-Free agent Mike Napoli is apparently recruiting Darvish to the Twins, according to Wolfson — even though Napoli has not signed a contract to play in Minnesota next year.  Napoli has a history with Levine from their days with Texas, and also with Twins CBO Derek Falvey from their time together in Cleveland.

-The Twins remain interested in free agent starters Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn, although no formal offer has been extended, per Wolfson.

-The Twins and Rays remain engaged in trade talks, according to Wolfson, although that’s less likely to be centered on ace Chris Archer than it is to involve starter Jake Odorizzi or reliever Alex Colome, he speculated.

-The Twins will have a scout at Tim Lincecum’s showcase Feb. 15.

-The Twins have shown interest or been in touch with reps for pitchers Jake Arrieta, Jeremy Hellickson, Chris Tillman, Jason Vargas, Andrew Cashner, Wade Miley and Jaime Garcia.

Wetmore’s 5 thoughts: Outlining the upside for the Twins if they sign Yu Darvish to be an ace

  • Sign Keenum 3y 58m

    Offers are good and with the new leadership I don’t sit here skeptically wondering how much they low balled thm.

  • MR

    The Twins should not pursue Mike Napoli. They have Joe Mauer and Kennys Vargas to play First base and DH. Kennys Vargas hasn’t been given the chance to be an everyday player or an everyday platooned player, he could be very good if given a chance. First Base may turn out to be the best position for Miguel Sano.

    Mike Napoli’s batting average was .193 and .239 the past two seasons, with 163 strikeouts and 194 strikeouts; He is 36 years old and his performance is declining.

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    • brandon

      Joe Mauer and Vargas are both lefties. Napoli is RH. What are their splits against LHP? I am ok signing Napoli to comoete with Vargas for a spot on the team.

  • Nick Wells

    Too many red flags! You saw the World Series. Injuries—– and best years behind him—–walk away from this guy. Once again paying for past performances—when will they get it?

  • Topgunn

    Vargas is a switch hitter but he’s better from the left side. I’m not interested in Napoli. It’s players like him that the current FA market correction are rightfully impacting. MR hit the nail on the head with his comments on him. But as far as Darvish goes…the Twins need him. And they need another Odorizzi type SP as well. With Santana’s injury, Kyle Gibson’s consistent worthlessness, Mejia?? Come on. Are the Twins going to contend or regress??


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