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Ricky Nolasco confirms agreement with Twins by changing Twitter avatar

Mark Townsend
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Free agent starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco has reached an agreement with the Minnesota Twins, according to multiple sources and reports. The most reliable of which being Nolasco himself, as he confirmed the agreement by changing his Twitter avatar to the Twins team logo

As you may recall, B.J. Upton confirmed his signing with the Atlanta Braves in the same manner last offseason almost a year ago to the day. Between that new trend and David Murphy's agreement with the Cleveland Indians being leaked at his daughter's daycare, perhaps beat writers can afford to take a few more days off during the offseason.

Also, if not for Nolasco confirming the news himself via social media, new teammate Trevor Plouffe would have had us covered as well.

Information is everywhere in this social media world.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish was the first report a Nolasco deal was close. Yahoo's Jeff Passan provides the specifics of the deal.

It's officially the richest free agent contract ever handed out by Minnesota, surpassing Josh Willingham's three-year, $21 million signed prior to the 2012 season.

The Twins are obviously desperate for upgrades in their starting rotation after their starters finished 29th in MLB in team ERA at 4.81. Nolasco, 30, certainly represents an upgrade after posting a 3.70 ERA between the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers last season. But he's viewed more around the league as a solid piece to a large puzzle and an innings eater than a true difference maker.

In other words, the Twins may have been wiser to spread the wealth around to acquire numerous arms that are at or near Nolasco's level, but in less demand. That said, identifying players who fit that profile and then attracting those players to the organization is sometimes easier said than done, so the Twins are probably just pleased to land a proven arm.

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