By Joe Christensen
Happy Monday morning. In case you missed it, I wrote a Sunday column designed to get people up-to-speed on offseason developments around the division. Here are some leftover notes from the weekend:
(*) Baseball America is scheduled to reveal the Twins’ Top 10 prospects on Tuesday, and I’m always anxious to see that. Last year, the well-respected magazine had some of us scratching our heads when it named Nick Blackburn as the Twins’ No. 1 prospect, but that sure looks smart a year later.
(*) For what it’s worth, insiders tell me the Twins had strong interest in reliever Jeremy Affeldt before he signed his two-year, $8 million contract last week with the Giants. Affeldt lives in Spokane, Wash., and has worked out with Twins catcher Mike Redmond.
Affeldt was a Type B free agent, so the Giants won’t lose any draft picks, but the Reds will get an supplemental round pick for losing him.
I’ve been told it’s highly doubtful the Twins will sign a Type A free agent, which would cost them their first-round draft pick next June, though they have checked into some of the Type A relievers and are in a “Never say never” mode.
(*) The Twins did have a scout see 19-year-old Cuban 3B Dayan Viciedo at a recent workout before he signed his $11 million deal with the White Sox. It sounds like he’s a big-time talent, though only the most optimistic reports have him making a big contribution in 2009.