Word broke from Jon Morosi on Twitter Wednesday morning that the Twins had again ramped up their pursuit of left-hander Joe Saunders. Saunders ended 2012 with the upstart Baltimore Orioles, and is no stranger to the Twins after pitching for the Angels for a number of years.

The previous word for Saunders is that a three-year offer would be necessary, as he had multiple offers from other teams as such. At this point in the offseason -- at least to me -- that seems unlikely. My notion would be that the Twins would only be interested in a two-year pact, with potential for maybe a team-controlled third year.