Found December 01, 2011 on
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Twins manager Ron Gardenhire joined 1500 ESPN's Talkin' Twins show last night and said the Twins are attempting to put together a team that can win even if Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau aren’t ready for Opening Day. “I think that's a pretty good idea,” Gardenhire said. “If we have those guys back on the field, which I believe we will... we'll have a heck of a baseball team." Here are more details on the Twins’ offseason plans, via Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com:
The team has made offers to some of its current free agents. The Twins are “making a mad effort” to sign Michael Cuddyer and they’d “love to have” Jason Kubel back. However, re-signing both players isn’t necessarily realistic.
Matt Capps struggled in 2011 and could bring the Twins a compensatory draft pick in 2012, but the team is working to re-sign him. Gardenhire would like to bring the right-hander back because he’s a “great teammate and a good pitcher” who pitched through pain in 2011, even
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Twins general manager Terry Ryan held court with reporters on Friday about a wide range of topics heading into next week's Winter Meetings in Dallas. Ryan reiterated the club's interest in signing free-agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer missed a good chunk of the 2011 season with multiple ailments and injuries. As a result, Twins fans grew frustrated that Minnesota's 184 million catcher wasn't on the field.
So Mauer met with a small group of reporters Friday in the Twins' clubhouse at Target Field to clear the air.
"I'm healthy, I'm happy," Mauer said. "...
MINNEAPOLIS Before Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan headed to Dallas for baseball's winter meetings last week, he reiterated that he's still attempting to re-sign free agent Michael Cuddyer.
"We're trying to bring him back," Ryan said of Cuddyer, who has spent his entire 11-year career with Minnesota. "Nothing more than trying to bring him back...
Twins are looking to re-sign Matt Capps, I'm getting a bit nervous that the numbers are just falling out of our favor in regards to getting a legitimate closer. There are still 6-7 teams looking and only 5-6 closers remaining. After that your going into the Branden Looper/Luis Ayala type situation, where your trying to make someone into a closer or give someone who failed...
The annual Winter Meetings are right around the corner, and the Twins figure to remain aggressive in trying to fix a club that lost 99 games last season.
Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer says he is "healthy and happy" and ready to begin preparations for spring training.
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