Trade Deadline Nears

Posted on July 31st, 2007 – 2:22 PM
By La Velle

Joe C. and I are at the Dome, prepared to report about trades or no trades.

We’ve worked the phones this morning and midday and really haven’t heard too much breaking news.

Joe C. has checked with someone he knows well with the Diamondbacks and was told there’s nothing going on with the Twins at the moment but they might make a last call right before the deadline – which happens a lot – to see if a match has presented itself.

I checked with someone I know with the Rockies and learned that the Twins recently talked to them about Garrett Atkins, with Juan Rincon as bait (Rincon, I’m guessing, would have been part of a package). Colorado is happy with Atkins and are in no rush to move him to make way for prospects.

Meanwhile, Kevin Towers has been a dealing fool. He landed Rob Mackowiak from the White Sox and has just dealt for Morgan Ensberg. I know that may upset some Twins fans, but reports on Ensberg have not been good.

We still have some calls out, but it’s getting close to the deadline. We’ll keep you posted…. 

[UPDATE]: 18 minutes to go ’till the deadline, and Gardy is up in Terry Ryan’s office with bench coach Steve Liddle. We found out earlier in the day that the highly-respected Vern Followell (great name for a scout) is in town, so he’s probably providing some input on potential deals.

[UPDATE]:Joe C. is blogging as I speak. You’re getting bonus coverage today. And Joe will provide his take on what does or doesn’t happen before the deadline. 

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