April 18, 2021

Minnesota Twins Pitching Moves are Much Ado About Nothing (Baseball Essential)


The Minnesota Twins replaced starters Kyle Gibson and Martin Perez with Rich Hill and Homer Bailey while re-signing Michael Pineda this offseason. Its impact? Nothing. These are stopgap, placeholder signings.

The Twins agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with Hill, which can climb as high as $9.5 million with incentives; they gave Bailey a one-year, $7 million deal; Pineda re-signed on a two-year, $20 million deal.

To be clear, the aforementioned hurlers are proven, respectable pitchers. There’s nothing wrong with the contracts the Twins gave them. It’s fair value on their end, and none of these starters hamper their future spending ability. The trio of signings simply won’t have a substantial impact on the Twins pitching staff.

Hill has a great deal of postseason experience, but there’s a transparent weakness in his game: injuries. The southpaw has recorded an ERA below four in each of the last four seasons and below three in two of the last four seasons, but his career has been hampered by injuries.

There will be moments of excellence that make the Minnesota faithful fall in love with Hill, but based on his recent track record, him making 20 starts would be a…

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