By La Velle
Teams now are allowed to contact free agents and talk in general parameters but not offer contracts (riiiiiiiiight!). So you’re going to hear about teams asking about Torii Hunter, like this one.
Some clubs are more forthcoming about this information than others.
I spoke to Twins minor league guru Jim Rantz. He said the club has signed Jason Miller, Tommy Watkins, Alejandro Machado, Armando Gabino and Josh Hill to minor league contracts.
Rantz currently is in talks with Felix Molina, Trent Oeltjen and Brian Bass, but loses exclusive negotiating rights on Nov. 13th.
Here are some other dates to watch for:
Nov. 20: 40-man rosters are due on this day. The Twins’ 40-man roster currently is at 36. It was at 39, but Hunter, Rondell White and Carlos Silva come off of it as soon as they file for free agency.
Dec. 1: Deadline for clubs to offer arbitration to their free agents so they can receive compensation if they sign elsewhere – a big one for the Twins.
Dec. 3: Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville. Look for Torii Hunter to show up, host a special presentation of Best Da** Sports Show, take phone calls on MLB Radio and take the stage at the Grand Ole’ Opry to sing. `God Bless Texas.’
Dec. 6: Rule 5 Draft – we all know how much this means to the Twins.
Dec. 7: Deadline for players to accept or reject arbitration offers.
Dec. 12: Last date to tender contracts – another date that has special meaning to the Twins (see Pat Meares, 1998).