One club that doesn’t get a lot of play on MLBTR is the Twins. They don’t make a lot of big trades or signings. Although last year they did inquire on Alfonso Soriano. Today, we don’t have any blockbusters, but do have rumors regarding Torii Hunter and Jacque Jones from La Velle Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Regarding Hunter – he is leaving the door open for a contract extension with the Twins. He told a radio station yesterday he doesn’t want Vernon Wells money but the Twins still haven’t talked to him about an extension at all. He sounds bummed about it, but it just doesn’t seem likely the Twins can retain Hunter. He’s going to need more than three years and more than $12MM annually. The Twins aren’t in a position to give him even a reasonable discounted contract.
Meanwhile, Neal reveals that the Twins were previously in on Jacque Jones. That would’ve been an interesting re-acquisition. However, the Cubs pulled out of the Marlins deal because they didn’t want to eat 90%+ of his contract. That stance probably knocks the Twins out of the running.
Neal notes that because of commitments for 2008, any deadline acquisition for a hitter made by Terry Ryan this year would likely be a rental. Which is what makes Adam Dunn so perfect.