FORT MYERS, FLA. - Lance Lynn articulated how far the Twins have come this winter.
"When I looked at the offseason I wanted to go somewhere where they had a chance to win no matter what," the newest Twins pitcher said during his Tuesday news conference, "and this is a place that presented itself as the offseason went on."
When Lynn was unable to land the multiyear bonanza he hoped for, he contacted the Twins to finalize a one-year, $12 million contract that deepens their rotation, puts him in line for a postseason run and allows him re-enter the market after the season.
"I don't think I'm taking a risk at all," the 30-year-old righthander said. "I wanted to go to a place that had a chance to win, no matter what. It seemed like a perfect fit."
The acquisition comes as the final piece - probably - of a transaction surge that has raised eyebrows around the league.
Lynn joins Jake Odorizzi, obtained from Tampa Bay in a trade earlier in training camp, in the rotation and also has Logan Morrison, signed as a free agent also during camp, as a slugging teammate. All three weren't with the club a month ago, but the Twins remained on the lookout for upgrades, particularly for the starting rotation, and were rewarded for their patience.
Now the rotation, when healthy, looks to consist of Odorizzi, Lynn, Ervin Santana, Jose Berrios and Kyle Gibson. It doesn't have star power at the top end but has depth and can keep a team out of a prolonged losing streak.
"It's been remarkable, really," Twins manager Paul Molitor said of the arms build up led by Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine. "Goals that were set at the end of last season. Trying to find ways to supplement pitching. Between Derek and Thad's efforts and the Pohlad commitment, they made significant changes.
"Certainly, the depth of the rotation was a goal. We have been able to do that with flying colors. Being able to land Jake and now Lance here in the past month it just really stretches out our rotation and makes us even more competitive on a day-to-day basis.