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Sport MLB free agent rumors: Yu Darvish reportedly tops Twins offseason wish list

22:56  14 november  2017
22:56  14 november  2017 Source:   sportingnews.com

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MLB free agent rumors : Cubs, Yu Darvish agree to six-year deal. The Cubs and Yu Darvish agreed to a six-year deal Saturday. The Twins snagged the American League 's final wild-card spot last season , despite selling some assets before the July 31 trade deadline.

Darvish struggled during the World Series, but he is still a hot commodity heading into the offseason .

a man in a baseball uniform throwing a ball: Yu Darvish© (Getty Images) Yu Darvish

The Twins snagged the American League's final wild-card spot last season, despite selling some assets before the July 31 trade deadline.

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It appears the Twins could now become buyers this offseason as they have already been linked with a number of pitchers this offseason in an attempt to make it deeper into the playoffs next year.

According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, Minnesota is interested in a number of pitchers, with free agent Yu Darvish topping its list.

Darvish went 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA and 209 strikeouts in 186 2/3 innings pitched with the Rangers and Dodgers last season. Darvish pitched well early in the postseason but was torched in both his World Series starts, allowing a combined eight earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings pitched.

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It was a very nice meeting," Darvish wrote, via Google Translate . Darvish also said that he met without a translator and was using the MLB free agency rumors : Astros interested in Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish | MLB free agent rumors : Yu Darvish reportedly tops Twins offseason wish list

MLB free agent rumors : Yu Darvish reportedly tops Twins offseason wish list The Twins snagged the American League 's final wild-card spot last season

The Twins, in need of both starting pitching and bullpen help, could be busy this offseason. A cast of promising young talents leads their lineup, but the Twins are in need of a few more arms to team with Ervin Santana.

The report also mentioned Jake Arrieta and Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn as possible targets.

Minnesota has also reportedly shown interest in Reds closer Raisel Iglesias, who managed 28 saves with 92 strikeouts and a 2.49 ERA in just 76 innings last season on a bad Reds team.

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9/2: Los Angeles Dodgers: <p>The Dodgers came up just short in the World Series this year, but they'll be loaded again next season. It will be interesting to see what they do with free agent Yu Darvish, but regardless, the team has the resources and farm system to improve this offseason. Potentially joining a core that includes Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner is top outfield prospect Alex Verdugo and top pitching prospect Walker Buehler.</p> Way-too-early odds to win the 2018 World Series

Cubs Should Avoid This Free Agent at All Costs .
​The Chicago Cubs are likely to lose two-fifths of their starting rotation, as Jake Arrieta and John Lackey are free agents and are unlikely to be retained by the team. So, whether it be via trade or free agency, the Cubs will have to be active in trying to replace those two veterans adequately.There's one free agent arm that from a talent standpoint is at the level of Arrieta, and that would be Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Yu Darvish. While the Cubs could seemingly add Darvish and fill one of their holes in the rotation, they should stay clear from the 31-year-old.

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