Pedro Martinez has some opinions about who the new “face of baseball” is

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Jayson Stark mused that Buster Posey could be the new “Face of Baseball” now that Derek Jeter is retired. It’s a silly title, of course, retrospectively applied to Derek Jeter only after he had five World Series rings, but it’s a title people have been falling all over themselves to apply in the past several months.

Pedro Martinez took issue with Stark. Mostly to the effect that you can’t pick Buster Posey without considering other people first:

Um, Miguel Cabrera is an interesting choice given that Pedro thinks off-the-field stuff matters. But like I said, it’s a subjective title.

And even if it’s a dumb conversation to have — and even though I think he’s way off base with some of the names he throws out there — I continue to love that Martinez is an opinionated and often contrary commentator in an age where most former players are content to nod their heads and offer nothing but praise for everyone and everything.

Report: Twins interested in Wade Miley

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Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.

The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.

Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”