Twins want Darvish meeting, then contract?
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Free agent pitcher Yu Darvish may be meeting with the Minnesota Twins in the near future. According to ESPN 1500’s Darren Wolfson, the Twins are attempting to get a meeting with the Japanese pitcher.
According to The Athletic’s Jim Bowden, the Twins are willing to offer Darvish a “market deal” to get him to join their team. Darvish is one of the best pitchers still on the market, before teams begin to ramp up the season in February.
The Twins staff would likely have to meet with Darvish, or his representatives before he would sign with their team. Things should start to pick up with him, even if it is not with the Twins, as he looks to sign a big money deal.
Despite the interest, it is very rare that a small market team would be willing to sign a high-profile player, like Darvish to a contract. However, with the team making the playoffs this past season, they could definitely make a run for things, as they also have a lot of young players, who have favorable players.
If they are able to pull off a move for Darvish, then they could definitely be the favorites in the American League with the Houston Astros, the reigning World Series Champions, and the New York Yankees, who pulled off a blockbuster deal with the Miami Marlins in December to get Giancarlo Stanton.
Darvish, who began his career with the Texas Rangers, before a mid-season trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 31-year-old went 10-12 in 31 starts this past season with both teams.
He had a 3.86 ERA in 186 2/3 innings. He also struck out 209 batters and walked 58.