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If you were off the internet, out of the office or out of the country the last week, you didn’t miss a whole lot. The Minnesota Twins have tried to steal the limelight of the Vikings new head coach hiring by doing nothing on the transaction front. Here’s what did happen over the past several days:
- Arbitration came and went with little excitement for the Twins who agreed to deals with the three Twins who were arbitration eligible: Brian Duensing, Trevor Plouffe and Anthony Swarzak. Duensing gets $2 million, Plouffe $2.5 million and Swarzak $935,000. Interesting note from the Star Trine’s Phil Miller: the Twins have not needed a hearing in front of an arbitrator since 2006, when they lost a case to Kyle Lohse.
- Last weekend, the Twins had three scouts in Mexico checking out two Cuban defector pitchers: Alfredo Despaigne and Misael Siverio.
- Chone Figgins, who didn’t play in 2013 and barely played in 2012, had a showcase in Florida on Wednesday and the Twins were represented at the showcase.
- Bronson Arroyo remains unsigned and it looks like the Twins still have some interest. It has been reported that Arroyo has contractual offers, but it is not known if the Twins are one of those offers.
- Shortstop Stephen Drew is still being linked to the Twins. Darren Wolfson of KSTP-TV and 1500ESPN reports the Twins would give up their second round draft pick for Drew if the price was right.
- It was reported early in the week that the Twins were in on Mark Reynolds, but later in the week he signed with the rival Milwaukee Brewers.