It’ll be an interesting offseason for the Twins, who have a new GM and two coveted free agents in Torii Hunter and Carlos Silva. Here’s the latest.
- Charley Walters quotes Hunter as saying he hasn’t had any contract offers from the Twins since the end of the season. In August, the Twins reportedly offered a three-year, $45MM contract to Hunter. They’re apparently open to adding a fourth year, while Hunter would take 5/75 from the Twins. There’s still a chance he’s re-signed, but Hunter says the chances decrease the longer the team waits.
- According to Tom Powers, the Twins have contingency plans in place in the event they can’t sign Hunter or Silva. The 2008 payroll is expected to increase. It stood at $71.4MM on Opening Day ’07. They’ll need to spend at least $4MM extra just from current escalating contracts. Also in Powers’ article, GM Bill Smith notes the team’s continued focus on left-handed hitters who can use a short right field to their advantage.
- Joe Nathan’s $6MM option for ’08 will be picked up, a no-brainer if there ever was one. Nathan and the Twins will discuss a contract extension as well.