It has been a very busy week for the Twins. It’s becoming clear what the roster will look like this season. After signing Jim Thome and Alexi Casilla last weekend, this week the Twins signed three good pitchers who will help the pitching staff a lot.
On January 18, before the arbitration deadline, the Twins struck deals with two of the pitchers: Matt Capps, a closer, and Glen Perkins, a relief pitcher. Capps and Perkins both signed one-year deals worth $7.15 million and $700,000, respectively. In 2010, Capps saved a total of 42 games with the Nationals and Twins. Perkins, who played for the Golden Gophers seven years ago, played only in 13 games last season, posting an 5.82 ERA. Capps will likely be a set-up pitcher for closer Joe Nathan, replacing Jesse Crain, who was signed by the White Sox in December.
Then, the Twins made a long-awaited deal. On January 19, the Twins signed Carl Pavano, a starting pitcher, to a two-year deal worth $16.5 million. Pavano was the top free agent pitcher left after Cliff Lee signed with Philadelphia in December. The Yankees offered Pavano a one-year deal, but he wanted a multi-year deal. Pavano, who was the starting pitcher of the opening game at Target Field on April 12, went 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA. He led the Twins in wins and innings pitched last season. “Obviously I had other opportunities, but at the end of the day, my heart was there [in Minnesota],” Pavano said to a Star Tribune Sports staff member.
Written by: Michael L. Sack