The Twins Record with New Pitching.
Last year the Twins finished 66-96. So what is the potential bounce back for the Twins if they were to sign some of the rumored names? I will be using fWar (because it's convenient and at least fairly accurate)
The first question is how many pitchers should the Twins sign?
Essentially handling a full workload all year were:
Pelfey (29 GS, 2.1 WAR)
Correia (31 GS, 1.3 WAR)
Deduno & Albers Combo (28 GS, 2.0 WAR)
Hendriks & Diamond Combo (32 GS, -.4 WAR)
Walters, DeVries, Gibson, Worley, Hernandez Combo (42 GS, -.5 WAR)
Admittedly this isn't a perfect breakdown but there is at least a clear difference by WAR between the 3 slot and 4 slot. If we allow for Correia to remain as well as allot Gibson a slot as well, we realistically have 3 slots to fill. Obviously projecting Gibson is quite difficult but for now I'm going to assume some progression and grant him a WAR of 2.0 next year. Essentially the Twins right now are going to be 65-97 by WAR.
So which where do FA pitchers rank by WAR?
Nolasco: 3.0 WAR
Johnson: .5 WAR (1.0 if he pitches all year)
Arroyo: .8 WAR
Garza: 2.2 WAR
Hughes: 1.3 WAR
Feldman: 2.1 WAR
Santana: 3.0 WAR
Jimenez: 3.2 WAR
Haren: 1.5 WAR
Now this list is not exhaustive but it gives us a good idea. That is that the Twins can roughly expect 2-3 WAR from a pitcher if they were to sign him. Now as the Twins are supposed to be looking for 3 pitchers according to my science that would make by dollar amounts Kazmir, Feldman, and any of the 3.0 pitchers likely candidates to all be signed. That edges the Twins to about 8 wins better. That places them at 73-86.
Now I would like to think that it would improve by more then that since together the top 3 by WAR (Scherzer, Kershaw, and Sanchez) combined for 19.1 WAR which would bring them to 84-78.