I think you try to get two starters back. Try for Odo and Pineda but if either of them move on then bring Gibson back.
Completely agree. While I'd love to start next year with Berrios, 3 experienced better starters and a fill-in, that just ain't happening. The pitchers just aren't out there to get and those that are will be the subject of some very fierce competition. I love me some Twins but Minneapolis isn't the most sexy destination and the weather blows in March, April, part of May and September/October.Add in the Twins' well established track record for seeking "value", and it's hard to see the team getting more than one FA starter next year.
Also, Cole and Wheeler are not too likely to be available to the Twins unless we overpay. All reports say that Cole likes Houston and is from SoCal and would like to go back if he doesn't stay in Houston. The Dodgers and especially the Angels have money and need starting pitching. Wheeler is from Atlanta and the word is he wants to go back there.The Braves are another team that has need and cash, so he's most likely to wind up there.
So what makes sense and is actually realistic? Bring back Odorizzi and Pineda, each on a multi-year deal or QO. Pineda gets his QO pro-rated so its about 13.5m. When you look at the available free agent pitchers by 2019 WAR, Odorizzi is #5, Pineda, #9, and Gibson #11. Gibson is the fall back if we can't get a FA starter or one by trade. Target Wheeler, Keuchel and Brett Anderson as FAs, Chris Archer and Mike Minor as trade candidates. Rotation next year is most likely Berrios, Odorizzi, Pineda, Gibson and Dobnak/Meltzer/Thorpe, but hope one of the last 2 is one of the 5 above.