By Joe Christensen
(*) The AL Manager of the Year announcement comes today at 1 p.m. (corrected), and though Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will be in the mix again, the leading candidate is Angels manager Mike Scioscia. Gardenhire has finished second for this award so many times, I’m losing track. The NL Manager award will be announced at 2:30.
(*) The L.A. Times reports that the Twins have spoken to Mark DeRosa’s agent, Keith Grunewald, who says a dozen teams have inquired, including the Dodgers, Cardinals, Mariners, Nationals, Giants, Phillies, Orioles, Rangers, Yankees, Mets and Braves. The Twins had interest in trading for DeRosa last offseason when he was with the Cubs. Grunewald told the Times that DeRosa is seeking a multi-year deal. (Hat tip TwinsGeek.)
(*) According to Baseball America, the Twins have a total of eight minor-league free agents:
RHP: Frank Mata (AA), Oswaldo Sosa (AA)
LHP: Reid Santos (AAA)
1B: Brock Peterson (AAA)
2B: Alejandro Machado (AA)
3B: Brian Buscher (AAA)
OF: Matt Moses (AA), David Winfree (AAA)
We’d mentioned Buscher and Winfree, but it’s worth noting that Moses was the Twins’ first-round pick in 2003.
(*) Teams have until Friday to set their 40-man rosters, which protects players for the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 10. The Twins have some announcements to make, since they are currently at 35, excluding free agents Orlando Cabrera, Joe Crede, Ron Mahay, Carl Pavano, Mike Redmond. That doesn’t mean they will add five new players, as many teams leave themselves short heading into the Rule 5 Draft.
Update: The Manager of the Year announcements came at 1 p.m. (not 2, as I had written earlier), and Gardenhire did wind up finishing second to Scioscia in the AL, with Jim Tracy winning in the NL.