Thursday update: Same old, same old

Posted on February 5th, 2009 – 12:07 PM
By Joe Christensen

A simple post about the Twins’ new groundskeeper hire led to some pretty hilarious comments. You guys were on fire.

Wish I had something new to report today, but there just isn’t any news.

In speaking with Twins officials this week, they seem about 90 percent┬ácertain there won’t be any notable changes to the roster before spring training. Obviously, we’ll let you know if that changes.

The Twins are convinced it’s better to do nothing than to do something silly, just for the sake of making a move. They insist other teams have been asking for too much in trades.

They’re convinced their internal bullpen options (Jesse Crain, Jose Mijares, Matt Guerrier, Boof Bonser, etc.) are just as likely to pan out as late-inning setup guys as the remaining free agents.

I’d say the best chance of a move would be a Joe Crede signing, but I keep hearing he’s at 75 percent, and the Twins don’t want to shell out $5 million in guaranteed money (plus incentives) unless they know he’s healthy.

If they can get the asking price down in guaranteed money, or if Crede would get closer to 90-95 percent, they might have a match. If not, they’ll move forward with their third base platoon of Brendan Harris and Brian Buscher.

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