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MLB free agency: Twins have made formal offer to Yu Darvish

Minnesota making push for Japanese starter after losing Ervin Santana to injury.

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The Twins have made a formal offer to top free-agent starter Yu Darvish, sources told Darren “Doogie” Wolfson of ESPN 1500.

Wolfson’s sources say the offer is for either four or five years. No price was mentioned in the offer for the 31-year-old Japenese pitcher, but Wolfson speculates that it is around the “$100-105” million mark.

The Twins have been a suitor for Darvish for most of the offseason, but they just lost ace Ervin Santana for 10-12 weeks with a broken hand, making their need for a pitcher even greater. Wolfson’s one source, who is close to Darvish, said that the Twins “are as aggressive as any team hoping to landing Yu.”

Along with the Twins, the Brewers and Yankees have both made offers to him, but the Yankees do not appear to be in the mix anymore. In addition, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Darvish has ”multiple” offers of $100 million or more. Darvish has also drawn interest from the Cubs, Rangers and Dodgers.

Last year, Darvish posted a 10-12 record with a 3.86 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 209 strikeouts over the course of 186 23 innings between the Rangers and the Dodgers. After being acquired at the non-waiver deadline by the Dodgers, Darvish helped the club get to the World Series.