The word of the Twins' interest first broke on November 15 when Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the team was making a "strong push" for Nolasco. Since then, there have been several teams linked to the 31-year-old right-hander and it could have all the makings of a bidding war.
Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has been plugged into the situation so far, as he spoke with an unnamed general manager that said the team was "going hard" on Nolasco. He mentioned later that the same GM said the Twins would have to battle the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants in a tweet that inspired the hashtag "bidding war."
Anytime that phrase is used with in an ear's distance of the Twins, it usually doesn't spell good news. However, they may be desperate enough to throw caution to the wind.
Their rotation has ranked in the bottom five in rotation earned run average in each of the past three seasons. By acquiring Nolasco, who went 13-11 with a 3.70 ERA in 2013, the Twins will have at least one pitcher who shouldn't struggle to make it past the fifth inning on a nightly basis.
With no immediate help in the minor league system, the Twins have to make a solid move to try and field a moderately effective rotation. Adding the arm of Nolasco would be a nice start, but the team will need to swallow hard and hand out a sizable free-agent contract to make that happen.
Chris Schad is a lifelong Twins follower that has spent a majority of his life cheering the Twins on through the dark '90s and success of five American League Central championships in the 2000s. His work has also been published on Bleacher Report and Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter @crishad.
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