The Minnesota Twins have been active at the winter meetings thus far, even if they haven’t had any official moves quite yet.
While the Minnesota Twins have been very active in talks with free agents and with other teams in trades, so far none of the transactions mace have been attributed to the Minnesota Twins. What gives?
In all actuality, the Twins have been very active. Many of the players the Twins have been pursuing are also highly desired around the game, and they will face some stiff competition for those players.
Minnesota Twins news, rumors, and notes
A fairly good list from the day at the winter meetings:
- The Twins have been in contact with their own free agents, including Bartolo Colon, Matt Belisle, and Chris Gimenez.
- The Twins are quite interested in a reunion with former closer Brandon Kintzler, though the team is feasibly pursuing him as a setup man with another arm in mind. Kintzler has expressed an interest to return to the Twins, but he does have a decent market of teams interested in him.
- As reported here on Puckett’s Pond, Gimenez was reportedly filling in free agent starter Yu Darvish on the benefits of Minnesota and the Twins. Darvish also has ties to the Twins through general manager Thad Lavine, a former front office member with the Rangers
- Though they are interested in a number of relievers, one that the Twins were not interested in was Bryan Shaw, who came to an agreement with the Rockies on Tuesday night, per reports.
- Fernando Rodney has met with the Twins. Whether he would be a closer with the team, he would provide a veteran reliever for the Twins bullpen.
- The Twins are among a number of teams that have checked in with the Rays about ace Chris Archer. Archer would likely cost a pretty penny in the trade market, and there are mixed feelings on whether he’s worth that cost.
- Once again joining a number of teams in their interest, the Minnesota Twins have checked in with the Pittsburgh Pirates on young starter Gerrit Cole.
- While considered in the “long shot” section of the teams that are options, the Twins are considered a possible destination for Manny Machado with near-ready pitching that could entice the Orioles in a deal.
- Scott Boras reportedly sent interested teams a 70+ page document outlining the merits of Jake Arrieta‘s talents, and outlined a $200 million contract desire. The Twins have been rumored to be interested in Arrieta, but most likely not at anywhere near that price tag.
- Former Twins signee Jeffrey Marte, whose contract was voided by the team due to vision issues found in his medical evaluation, signed with the Rays. The Twins were negotiating with him, but lost out in the end.
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For just two days, that’s a significant amount of activity! It will be very intriguing to see how the Twins progress with multiple options out there right now that they are working on.
The trade market with the Minnesota Twins has been very active, and the team has reportedly not been afraid to offer their top prospects in potential trades in order to bring in top talent, so there definitely could be big moves coming down the pike.
Stay tuned to Puckett’s Pond for all your Minnesota Twins news during the winter meetings!