Thad Levine says Twins are having 'some active dialogue' about free agents and trades

It's been a very slow winter, but the Twins haven't given up on signing or trading for pitching help
Division Series - Houston Astros v Minnesota Twins - Game Four
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Minnesota Twins fans have been the living embodiment of a Nathan Fielder meme, as we were all hungry for some offseason moves while the front office has been busy serving up nothing.

Despite the hope that the team captured at the end of a postseason run -- the first since 2002 -- the Twins have yet to do anything of note. The team has leaned hard on the crutch of lost future revenue over the ongoing drama surrounding TV rights, which has resulted in a bunch of low-risk deals being handed out.

Key players like Sonny Gray and Kenta Maeda have left, while Josh Staumont is the only active roster player who was signed this winter. A hard throwing reliever who could boost the bullpen, Staumont is coming off a neck injury that ended his season in Kansas City early.

That's where we're at.

To say Twins fans are frustrated is an understatement. Everyone understands why the winter has been so slow, but that doesn't make it any easier to live through. Twins general manager Thad Levine knows fans are frustrated but is trying to talk everyone off the ledge.

Thad Levine gives an update on Twins plans to sign or trade for roster depth

Levine went on MLB Network Radio and gave an update on where things stand in the home stretch before Spring Training starts up in a few weeks. While the Twins have been painfully quiet, it sounds like they have some irons in the fire.

"Like so many other teams, we're still in the starting pitching market. We're looking at free agents and we're looking at trades" Levine said. "I would just say we're having some active dialogue behind the scenes right now."

Levine also gave a concerning comment about how the team likes its starting five as it is -- Lopez, Ryan, Paddack, Varland -- which suggets that any additions would be for depth.

That's probably a smokescreen, though, as Levine isn't going to show his cards in a random radio interview. We're also smack up against the time of year where the Twins make moves, at least historically.

Pablo Lopez was acquired last January, the team traded for Kenta Maeda in early-February of 2020, and free agent deals for Marwin Gonzalez and Donovan Solano were handed out right around this time as well.

Rocco Baldelli pointed out as much while chatting with KFAN this past week, emphasizing that he bet on something happening soon.

It's not terribly difficult to predict how the Twins will made a big addition, as trading Jorge Polanco has long been viewed as the team's most valuable piece of offseason currency. What sort of return he nets is up in the air, as fans want a frontline starter -- something that was promised this offseason -- while it's starting to sound like he'd bring back a mid-tier starter.

We'll see what happens, but at this point any sort of movement will be more than what fans have been given so far. Until there's action, like Levine stated everything is just talk.

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