The rebuilding of the Twins’ starting rotation apparently has begun, with Ricky Nolasco as the beneficiary. The veteran righthander, who has won 89 games in eight major-league seasons, agreed to a free-agent contract with the Twins on Wednesday, several media outlets reported, though the Twins have not yet confirmed the transaction. Terms of the deal have so far not been revealed, but Nolasco, who turns 31 next month, was believed to be seeking at least three years and a raise from the $11 million he earned last season with the Marlins and Dodgers. It’s certain that Nolasco will be the most expensive free-agent acquisition in Twins history, not that that’s a particularly high bar to clear. Josh Willingham’s $21 million three-year contract signed two winters ago was the biggest ever until now. Word of Nolasco’s contract was first reported by Chris Cotillo of mlbdailydish.com, and the pitcher himself seemed to confirm the news a few minutes later, when he changed the avatar on his Twitter account to a Twins logo. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com also reported the contract as complete. The Twins, whose starting rotation was the worst in the majors last season, are adding a pitcher who, like last year’s acquisition of Kevin Correia, is a dependable arm.
Twins agree to contract with righthander Nolasco
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Nov 28