My Twins club has had a very good offseason pulling off trades and free agent acquisitions to bolster a team which made the postseason last year. The latest move definitely helps what was a suspect starting pitching rotation going into Spring Training.
The unusually slow free-agent market forced Lance Lynn to wait through the winter and well into spring training before he found a new team.
The offer he settled on from the Minnesota Twins also came with the expectation of pennant race and perhaps postseason pitching.
"I wanted to go somewhere where they had a chance to win, no matter what," Lynn said on Tuesday at his introductory media conference. "It seemed like the perfect fit, and I look forward to doing what I have to do, which is take the ball when it is my turn."
Lynn agreed to a $12 million, one-year contract that includes bonuses of $1 million each for pitching 170 and 180 innings. He was given a turn right away and struck out five batters in three hitless innings of an exhibition against Baltimore. He walked one.
"Other than that, everything went about as smooth as it possibly could," Lynn said. "Get ready for the next and kind of keep the buildup for Opening Day."
Obviously my main focus will be Lynn's performance on the mound. But a close second will be postgame interviews like this one.