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Inbox: Who'll Twins pursue if they don't land Yu?

Beat reporter Rhett Bollinger answers fans' questions
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in a little more than two weeks, yet it's clear the Twins would like to add at least one starting pitcher before heading to Fort Myers, Fla., on Feb. 13.

It's been a slow-moving market, but there should be plenty of action over the next two weeks with the Twins looking at several starters, including Yu Darvish, which brings us to our first question of this week's Twins Inbox.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in a little more than two weeks, yet it's clear the Twins would like to add at least one starting pitcher before heading to Fort Myers, Fla., on Feb. 13.

It's been a slow-moving market, but there should be plenty of action over the next two weeks with the Twins looking at several starters, including Yu Darvish, which brings us to our first question of this week's Twins Inbox.

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Tweet from @zachpats98: If the twins are not able to land Darvish do you think they will go after someone else? And if so who?

The Twins remain in on Darvish, and he's their top priority, but they also have planned for fallback options in case he signs elsewhere. It's more about years than dollars for the Twins, as they're reluctant to go past four or five years for any free agent. They've been linked to other top starters such as Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn, although I've been told their interest in Cobb has been a bit overstated.

Video: Lynn, Cobb likely to sign after Arrieta, Darvish

They could also look to add depth to the back end of their rotation instead, as they have interest in former Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman, who is coming off a shoulder injury. Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey also didn't rule out a reunion with free agent Jaime Garcia, who was with the Twins for a few days before he was traded to the Yankees in July. So there are plenty of options out there, and it seems those dominos will fall once Darvish signs.

Tweet from @See_J_3: What will the Twins do with Adalberto Mej��a? Does he fit into the rotation as the fifth or fourth guy?

How Adalberto Mejia slides into the rotation has much to do with who the Twins sign in free agency. As of now, the only locks in the rotation are Ervin Santana, Jose Berrios and Kyle Gibson. If they sign a starter, Mejia will compete for that final spot in the rotation with others such as Phil Hughes and prospects Stephen Gonsalves and Fernando Romero. Mejia needs to work on his maturity and learn to trust his stuff better to pitch deeper into games.

Video: LAA@MIN: Mejia tosses seven inning of three-run ball

Tweet from @ngunder2: Will the Twins approach Dozier about an extension, or is he destined to sign somewhere else next year as a free agent

As Brian Dozier said at TwinsFest, he'd like to sign an extension to remain with the Twins, but the club hasn't approached him yet. The Twins said they're not talking extensions until Spring Training so it'll be revisited then. It's not a sure thing he'll sign one, as Minnesota has plenty of middle-infield depth coming through the system, but he is a face of the franchise and it'll be interesting to see if he'd be willing to eventually move to third to open up the middle of the infield with Miguel Sano likely destined for first base.

Video: Brian Dozier has desire to stay with the Twins

Tweet from @ericbraun: Which of the young guns in the bullpen or on farm is most likely to blow up (in a good way) this year?

The Twins finally have some bullpen depth after signing Fernando Rodney, Zach Duke and Addison Reed, which means they won't have to count on youngsters early in the season. The Twins really like John Curtiss and Gabriel Moya, but now they can work on things at Triple-A before getting called up. They're hopeful J.T. Chargois is healthy after elbow issues, while Jake Reed is an under-the-radar reliever who was left off the 40-man roster. Alan Busenitz was a pleasant surprise as a rookie and has the best shot among the younger relievers to make an impact early.

Video: Alston excited to have Rodney as Twins' closer

Tweet from @AlexKiser28: What teams do you expect Royce Lewis and Brent Rooker to start and end with this year? Thanks

Royce Lewis, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 Draft, is expected to open at Class A Cedar Rapids and could play his way to Class A Advanced Fort Myers. Brent Rooker, the No. 35 overall pick, is expected to open at Fort Myers but is likely to reach Double-A Chattanooga this season.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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