Earlier today, the Orioles found their new bat in the Mariners' Mike Morse after a potential deal for the Twins' Josh Willingham fizzled. The Twins reportedly asked for top prospect Eduardo Rodriguez in exchange for the outfielder, which was too rich for Baltimore's blood. Here's more on the Twins and other notes out of the AL Central..
- A Twins source tells Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (on Twitter) that the club still isn't close on any deal and that includes Justin Morneau. The Twins may have asked for a lot to part with Willingham, but they have been said to be more eager to deal Morneau, who is a pending free agent. It was also reported earlier this week that the PIrates had interest in the 2006 AL MVP along with other clubs.
- Willingham is happy that the two-day window passed without a trade being reached, writes MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger. “I’m comfortable here so I’d like to stay here,” Willingham said. “The bottom line is I didn’t have any control so I didn’t worry myself with it.” The 34-year-old is under contract with the Twins through 2014 and he's set to earn $7MM in his walk year.
- Jake Peavy, who is facing the White Sox tonight for the first time since the Boston deal, says that he doesn't expect his former club to face a lengthy rebuilding process, tweets Scott Merkin of MLB.com.