Update on Twins' Pursuit of Free Agent Joe Saunders
Created: 01/25/2013 3:10 PM KSTP.com
By: Darren Wolfson
The Minnesota Twins' 40-man roster is full, but that doesn't mean the front office is done shopping for free agents.
A team source said on Friday the Twins are waiting to hear back from pitcher Joe Saunders' agent, Greg Genske.
If Saunders wants to be a Twin, he can be. But the team source wondered aloud if Saunders strongly prefers to be elsewhere.
The Twins' preference is to have Saunders on a one-year deal, but they could be willing to go to two years. They don't want him on a three-year deal.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan wouldn't comment specifically on the pursuit of Saunders but did have a thought on his general interest in a couple free agent pitchers.
It's "just a matter of their interest in us," Ryan said. "I don't know why somebody wouldn't want to come here who's a legitimate starter."
The Twins didn't make starter Shaun Marcum an offer, a source said. Marcum ended up signing a one-year, $4 million deal with the Mets on Friday.
Ryan does have permission to spend more money.
"There's definitely payroll flexibility," owner Jim Pohlad said.
The Twins' payroll sits at approximately $80 million.
Even though Ryan has hinted strongly at the possibility of another infield addition, the Twins don't have an interest in free agent third baseman Brandon Inge, who has a fan in the organization but not among the decision-makers.