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Twins Hot Stove: Interest in Morneau, Napoli, and others

Could a possible reunion with Justin Morneau be in the works? Plus, notes on Mike Napoli, Craig Breslow, shortstops, and more.

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The Twins may not be done with the off-season quite yet! Here’s the latest on the hot stove front:

  • Someone check on less cowbell, because Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press is reporting that there’s mutual interest between the Twins and Justin Morneau in a possible reunion. Morneau intends to play in 2017, but has not yet found a team. While he’d be an inexpensive option—he signed a deal with the White Sox for $1 million last year—I’m not sure where he’d play. The Twins still have Joe Mauer, Kennys Vargas, and Byungho Park, among other options, to play first base/DH.
  • There are also rumors that the Twins are interested in Mike Napoli, yet another first baseman/DH type hitter, albeit with more recent success than Morneau. Napoli hit a career-high 34 home runs last year with the Indians. However, I seriously wonder where the heck the Twins would put all these first basemen/DH guys. Can any of them play shortstop?
  • Speaking of shortstop, the Twins appear set to just go either Jorge Polanco or Eduardo Escobar on opening day.
  • Twins scout Bill Mele went to a recent showcase held by free agent pitcher and former Twin Craig Breslow. Breslow, 36, has struggled over the past three season, posting a 4.93 ERA, but wants to make a comeback. He’s not another first baseman, so it’s a step in the right direction?
  • The Twins signed starting pitcher Yohan Pino to a minor league contract last week. Believe it or not, Pino is a former Twin who pitched in 11 games in 2014. I literally have no memory of that what-so-ever.