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Lavelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune says Joe SaundersShaun Marcum, and Brett Myers are all seeking two-year deals this winter.

Neal says the Twins aren't interested in any of those pitchers on two-year deals, but could consider one of them if they each lower their demands.

Last week, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post said the Mets were interested in Saunders and Marcum, as well as Carl PavanoFrancisco Liriano, and Chris Young.

Liriano reportedly agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with the Pirates last week.

Liriano's deal with Pittsburgh could have set the barometer for this level of the starting pitching market. This is part of a trend which has lasted all winter, which are increased prices for starting pitching regardless of talent. It's not to say these prices won't come down, especially as the off-season continues and they remain unsigned with Spring Training approaching. But if they don't come down, I don't see the Mets handing out two-year deals to any of these pitchers; Zack Wheeler is close, and a two-year deal to one of these guys limits their rotation and roster flexibility when it comes time to promote him.

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