TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Patiently monitoring baseball's slow-moving market, the Minnesota Twins made several significant improvements to the team that made a surprise run last season to the AL wild card game.
Right-hander Lance Lynn became the latest addition when the Twins finalized a $12 million, one-year contract on Monday, another low-risk move to strengthen a pitching staff that ranked 19th in the major leagues last year with a 4.59 ERA.
"I think there was at least, my take on it, a real interest of the player to make this a marriage and I think that helped our cause," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
Lynn, who joined his new teammates on the field for an afternoon workout in Fort Myers, will be introduced at a news conference on Tuesday before taking the mound for an exhibition against Baltimore.
Molitor thinks there's a chance that Lynn could be ready to pitch the first time through the regular-season rotation.
"I told him this is different circumstances, if you're not ready to throw 100 pitches when the season starts, let's go slow and do it right rather than try to force the issue just because we're in a little of a time box," Molitor said. "We'll probably get a feel for where he's at."
After missing the 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Lynn went 11-8 with a 3.43 ERA in 33 starts for St. Louis in 2017 last year. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Lynn was an All-Star in 2012, his first full season in the majors. He was the 39th overall draft pick in 2008 by the Cardinals out of Mississippi.
Right-handed starter Alex Cobb and reliever Greg Holland are among the free agents still available. All 30 teams open on March 29.
• ORIOLES 8, PIRATES 5: Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy gave up one run and struck out five in five innings. Jonathan Schoop hit his third home run of the spring. Starling Marte doubled for Pittsburgh and is batting .478.
• WHITE SOX 4, MARINERS 2: Chicago leadoff man Adam Engel hit a home run on the first pitch of the game and added another in the ninth inning for his fourth of the spring. Seattle's Jean Segura smashed a line drive into the right-field corner for a triple, scoring Ichiro Suzuki after a leadoff walk. Nelson Cruz missed his third consecutive game for the Mariners.
• NATIONALS 5, TIGERS 4: Edwin Jackson got his third start for the Nationals and gave up three hits in three innings. Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez had two hits, including a double.
• RED SOX 6, BLUE JAYS 4: Sandy Leon hit two home runs for Boston. Blake Swihart also connected and is batting .371. Toronto starter J.A. Happ worked into the fifth inning. Blue Jays reliever Tyler Clippard had a solid inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Kevin Pillar got three hits and is batting .520.
• BREWERS 7, DODGERS 6: Clayton Kershaw struck out seven over 3 2/3 innings, and Justin Turner and Chase Utley each had two hits for Los Angeles. Ji-Man Choi hit a grand slam for Milwaukee, and Christian Bethancourt homered in the ninth.
• INDIANS 4, RANGERS (SS) 2: Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer struck out eight in five innings and Bradley Zimmer homered. Texas starter Clayton Blackburn got just one out while giving up three runs and four hits.