Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Minnesota Twins: Free-Agents Arms Still Available
The Minnesota Twins currently sit just 2 ½ games back of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central.
The division figures to—once again—play host to one of the best pennant races in all of baseball with the aforementioned Twins and Tigers vying with the Chicago White Sox for the right to represent the Central in the postseason.
Each of the three teams, however, has their weaknesses as we enter the season’s final two months.
All three attempted to shore up some of those issues at the MLB Trade Deadline last Friday.
The Twins imported Gold Glove shortstop Orlando Cabrera from the Oakland Athletics to improve the middle infield on both sides of the ball.
The Tigers brought in veteran southpaw Jarrod Washburn from the Seattle Mariners to bolster an already-imposing rotation that includes Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson.
The White Sox made arguably the biggest splash at the deadline by acquiring former San Diego Padres’ ace Jake Peavy for a collection of highly-talented young pitchers.
With both Chicago and Detroit adding arms at the Deadline, the Twins find themselves playing catch-up in the pitching department.
The Twins—as evidenced by the horrid series against the Los Angeles Angels—are in dire need of at least one more arm in the bullpen and potentially another starter to take some of the pressure off of the Twins young rotation.
With that in mind, here is a look at six free-agent arms—three starters and three relievers—that could offer the Twins the boost they need to capture the flag in the Central.
Read the rest of the article at BleacherReport.