Twins Rumors: Minnesota Waiting on Joe Saunders

The Minnesota Twins are hoping to sign free agent left-hander Joe Saunders to a one-year contract, and they are currently waiting to hear back from the veteran’s agent, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN.

A team source said on Friday the Twins are waiting to hear back from left-hander Joe Saunders' agent, Greg Genske.

Wolfson notes that if Saunders wants to be a Twin, he can be. Minnesota continues to target Saunders on a one-year contract, but they may be willing to push the offer to two years. However, Saunders is reportedly seeking a three-year commitment this winter.

While general manager Terry Ryan wouldn’t specifically comment on Saunders, he did say that whether or not Minnesota adds a starter this winter will be determined by free agent’s interest in the Twins. Ryan added that the Twins do have the payroll flexibility to add another arm.

Saunders spent the 2012 season with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Baltimore Orioles. Over 28 combined starts, the left-hander posted an ERA of 4.07. The 31-year-old owns a 4.15 ERA with 5.1 strikeouts and 2.7 walks per nine innings over eight seasons at the major league level.

So far this offseason the Twins have acquired Vance Worley from the Philadelphia Phillies and signed free agents Kevin Correia, Mike Pelfrey and Rich Harden.

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