— Nick Nelson (@nnelson9) December 8, 2014
— Major League Mayhem (@MLBMayhem) December 7, 2014
Vogelsong, who will turn 38 midway through the 2015 season, has given the San Francisco Giants three good seasons since rejoining them back in 2011. While a below average 2013 season caused some to write off the aging right-hander, Vogelsong rebounded nicely in 2014 statistically, despite losing more games than he won.
Brett Anderson would be a much younger option, who is also a left-handed starting pitcher, but injuries have plagued his once promising career. Anderson has failed to make at least 15 games in a single season since 2010, though he does boast a career 3.73 ERA in games he has pitched in.
The Twins lost over 90 games in 2014, despite signing three free agent starting pitchers last off-season.
Phil Hughes was the only one of those newly acquired starters that had a decent year as he managed to post a more than respectable 3.52 ERA and won 16 games. Meanwhile, Ricky Nolasco who was signed to a four-year, $49 million contract last November, had one of the worst years of his career, posting an ERA over five runs and losing 12 games. Rounding out the trio was Mike Pelfrey, the tall 30-year-old right-hander signed with the Twins last December and appeared in a grand total of five games in 2014. He lost three of those five games.
So the fact that the Twins are being linked to a couple of starters this time around should be no surprise.