Darvish is 31. And hasn't he had some injury issues the last couple of years?
I'm not wild about 30 something year old starting pitchers. The Twins already have one of those on the staff.
But, I also admit I'm not wild about spending big bucks on FA pitching, especially when a pitcher is on the other side of 30. Granted, Santana has done darn well but, I think he's more the exception than the rule.
Of course, this leads into the very real problem the Twins have when it comes to lack of pitching in the farm system.
And that leads me to believe the Twins are going to have to trade for a younger arm out of another farm system.
Bottom line, I'm expecting the FO to do something other than the obvious.
He had one major arm issue, resulting in Tommy John back in 2015. That caused him to miss all of that season plus a portion of 2016 recovering.
His velocity has actually improved after he returned from surgery, from 93.4 MPH in 2014 to 94.7 MPH in 2017.
Besides the Tommy John, he's been durable a la Ervin, so I'm not that concerned about him being 31 years old. He should have 3 more good seasons in him at least.
Now, it's still not certain whether this is realistic so I'm holding back from future heartbreak.... If this is truly realistic, I'd be ecstatic.