After the trade deadline passed without a deal that many predicted would happen, the Twins, "... thought they had a chance to win, and bullpen was the one thing they thought they really needed,'" but, "'... once that deal fell through, they'll be dealing with a different set of circumstances [this offseason].
There have been lots of rumblings there will also be a tax on teams that spend too little on big-league payroll. Looking forward to details
RT @Twins: #Twins add OF Oswaldo Arcia, RHP Carlos Gutierrez, LHP Tyler Robertson to Major League roster. Outright Bromberg to Rochester.
"Sano has pure 80 power, and he has the rare ability to showcase it in game situations."
Since July 7, 2010, Mauer and Morneau have combined for one homer in Target Field, or two fewer than Rene Tosoni.
An official of a club that has been speaking with the Pirates said their No. 1 focus is on finding a "professional hitter."....other clubs say Pittsburgh has its eyes on is the Twins' Jason Kubel. But Twins GM Bill Smith told Rumblings his team is "trying to make our club better, we still think we're very much in contention, and we're excited to see where we go in the next two months." Smith didn't rule out trading away someone in his current mix if it brings back a piece that "makes us better." But one AL exec said the Twins have too much invested in this season "to do anything now that signals retreat."
"Ken Rosenthal of FOX continues to report that the Nationals are pursuing the Twins' Denard Span. I've been told by a source the Twins are not shopping their leadoff hitter, and it's hard for me to believe that they would move Span, who is under control through 2015. Rosenthal suggests that closer Drew Storen could be part of a potential deal. The Twins were eyeing Storen before the draft a couple years ago, but the Nats selected him with an earlier pick.
I also was told that the Nationals, in need of a long-term answer in center, were evaluating Ben Revere and CF's in the Twins' farm system too.
My view is that Span shouldn't be moved unless its for a lot in return, more than Storen. The Twins don't have another leadoff hitter. Span also is a good outfielder and a good citizen."