Earlier today, when talking about the trade for Jeff Keppinger, GM Brian Sabean referred to "something bigger" that he was working to complete.
I can’t be sure he was referring to Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer, but I’m told that the Giants recently expressed interest in him with an eye toward playing him at second base.
Cuddyer has played 13 games at second base this season and Giants scouts felt he was serviceable at the position. But the Twins had a steep asking price and so Sabean revisited the Astros because Bruce Bochy needed immediate help and he knew he could close the Keppinger deal with a phone call.
With Sabean still determined to upgrade the offense and "lengthen the lineup," I wouldn’t rule out the Giants revisiting Cuddyer in the next 10 days. Whether the Twins adjust the price is another matter.
"The Twins are telling folks they are going for it. Hard to blame them in that wide-open division."
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"I embrace being in the big leagues. I really look forward to coming to the field every day and being a professional baseball player...This is what I’ve been looking forward to my whole life. And whether it’s starting or relieving, it doesn’t matter...Coming here to the clubhouse and being around these guys and competing against the best athletes in the world, that’s what it’s all about."
Guillen said he watched Friday night’s 10-4 loss on TV. He said that more difficult than from the dugout because he has to watch replays and can still hear the booing. He said he was in the parking lot and then went home Friday night. "It was painful to watch as a fan," he said.
"Gardenhire said Joe Mauer will catch Friday's home opener, even with Pavano pitching."
This is typical erratic Liriano, this is why he is not a bonafide "Ace" as people like to refer to him. He can pitch, but he doesn't seem to have it together mentally. "Aces" make a bad pitch and move on, Liriano makes a bad pitch and then follows it up with several more.
Carl Pavano and the Twins are expected to have a two-year deal by the middle of this week. It could be delayed a day or two by the team's arbitration distraction (Tuesday is the day figures are exchanged by all teams and players), but baseball people read no negative inference into the fact the talks have taken awhile. The Pirates in particular have made a run at Pavano, but the Twins' advantage is that they are a contending team where Pavano could be the ace and they are also the team that provided a comfortable environment for the pitcher to thrive in the last two seasons.