Coming into today, it wasn't a well-guarded secret as to what the Twins' goals would be for the week of the Winter Meetings:
- Find another starting pitcher.
- Find a backup catcher.
It’s still unclear if the Twins are ready to hand out another multi-year deal after spending a combined $73 million on Nolasco and Hughes, but it’s another sign the Twins aren’t done trying to fix a rotation that posted the worst ERA in the Majors last season.
Don't look for Johan Santana to follow Roy Halladay's path & retire. Asked if that was possible, one friend of Santana said "no chance."
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 9, 2013
The good news is that Johan will continue to attempt to pitch. Injuries have derailed his career, which is a shame because it's hard to say how good he could have continued to be had he been healthy. If he would be willing to settle for a minor league contract, it would be fantastic to have him back in the organization for one last go-round to see what's left.
- Also during the press conference this afternoon, Ryan stated his intention to field a good team in 2014 saying "This isn't a mulligan year." It might be too late for that, all things considered. But if they finish this off-season strong, have another strong off-season next year, and if some of those vaunted prospects show up, then 2015 could be a lot of fun.
- Samuel Deduno is playing catch and should be ready for spring training. Deduno is out of options, so Minnesota's options are limited as far as he's concerned.
- Also out of options: Scott Diamond and Vance Worley.
- The rotation remains a priority over the bullpen, which is no surprise. Minnesota has not checked in on Joe Saunders, who is one of the pitchers the team looked at last winter.
- Miguel Sano is still shut down, and surgery is still an option. For whatever this thing is, if it has the potential to be serious I wish they'd just have the surgery done and get it over with so the rehab process can get started. This whole wait-and-see thing so rarely works out.
- Ryan hopes that Alex Meyer is "a fast mover."