While Bryz fights the crowds in Nashville, we're snug and cozy and away from the wild throngs of savage free agents. Here are a few notes from around the beat on what's happening with the Twins this morning.
- From LEN III, the Twins aren't sure whether or not they'll take part in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft. The belief is that it won't be as deep in talent as it was last year, which will be a telling sign for anyone who isn't pleased about J.R. Graham's performance.
- With Joakim Soria off the board, along with Ryan Madson, probably Darren O'Day, and with names like Joaquin Benoit and Francisco Rodriguez already having been dealt, the bullpen market is in full swing. La Velle notes that Tyler Clippard and Tony Sipp, right and left-handed respectively, are among the best names available on the free agent market.
- There are plenty of trade targets available in relief: Drew Storen from Washington, Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee from Tampa Bay, Mark Melancon from Pittsburgh. The list goes on. Minnesota will have their options on the trade market if they're so inclined.
12 teams have checked in on Cishek. No #MNTwins. Many have checked on Cesar Ramos. No MN. They'll meet w/ Rodney's agent. Sipp on radar too.— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) December 7, 2015
- Sipp and Rodney are popular targets as well. Interesting that Cishek isn't on the checklist.
- This piece from Ronald Blum is interesting, regarding how the Winter Meetings have changed over the years.
- Right-hander Mark Lowe has just signed with the Tigers as their set-up man.
How exorbitant is the price on Jose Fernandez? Sources say the Marlins have asked the Dodgers for Julio Urias and Corey Seager.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 7, 2015
- Suffice it to say that if the Twins want to tempt Miami out of Jose Fernandez, they're going to have to pay through the nose to do it.