By Joe Christensen
The Twins have offered free agent third baseman Casey Blake a two-year contract worth about $6 million per season with an option for 2011, but Blake wants the third year guaranteed, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Star Tribune today.
ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that the Twins and Dodgers have basically been told they’ll get Blake if they’ll add a third year to their two-year offers.
Blake, 35, made $6.1 million this year while batting .274 with 21 home runs and 81 RBI for the Indians and Dodgers. He’ll turn 36 next Aug. 23 but has averaged 598 plate appearances over the past six seasons.
The Twins have been aggressive in pursuing Blake, hoping to seal a deal before the winter meetings, but team officials don’t expect a signing tonight.