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.