Twins interested in Francis and Jackson

Jon Paul Morosi of is reporting that after losing out on left hander Chris Capuano, the Twins have interest in free agent starting pitchers Edwin Jackson and Jeff Fransis.

Jackson would be a great addition to the Twins starting staff but is unlikely to sign with them due to the high price tag it will require to get him.  One main reason, he is a Scott Boras client.  The last time the Twins signed a Boras client was when they took a chance on 3B Joe Crede.

Jackson will most likely command a salary consisting of 3 years around $33-$35 million, definitely out the the Twins price range.  He went 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA in 199.2 innings for the White Sox and Cardinals last season.  Jackson knows the AL Central well having pitched for both the Tigers and White Sox in the past.

I would not be suprised to see the Twins sign Francis, would I agree with the signing……no.  Francis is much like a left handed Kevin Slowey, very good minor league numbers but average against Major League hitters.  Last year with the Royals, he posted a 6-16 record and a 4.82 ERA.

The Twins currently have Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, Kevin Slowey, Brian Duensing, Carl Pavano and Francisco Liriano set to compete for positions in the starting rotation.  Baker, Liriano and Blackburn all had injury problems last year, Duensing will most likely move the bullpen and Slowey is a candidate to get traded or non-tendered.

The Twins will obviously be looking to upgrade their rotation next week at the Winter Meetings in Dallas.  I would definitely agree with and welcome the addition of Edwin Jackson though I know it’s not realistic.  The addition of Francis would do nothing for me as I don’t feel it upgrades the rotation at all.