By La Velle
First of all, thanks for helping this blog reach Mike Russo levels yesterday…
I don’t have any big news to report. The Twins remain in contact with a lot of clubs about Johan Santana, and I’m looking into a few things.
The Twins had a few minor signings yesterday that were lost in the Delmon Young hoopla. They re-signed Brian Bass and placed him on the 40-man roster. So the Twins now have two open spaces there. They also have signed righthander R.A. Dickey and lefthander Mariano Gomez and will invite both of them to spring training.
Talked to a scout this morning who really feels that Brendan Harris is more of a second or third baseman than shortstop. He compared him to Mark DeRosa and Bill Mueller. That gets me thinking that Nick Punto is the first string shortstop unless the Twins trade for one.
The same scout said that Delmon Young still needs work in the outfield but has a big arm and, or course, big offensive potential. There’s a chance that Young’s production won’t be far off of what Torii Hunter did last year – .287-28-107.
The Twins could have two first overall draft picks – Young in 2003 and Joe Mauer in 2001 – batting back-to-back in the order next season.
Heard that Torii Hunter has purchased a home in Newport Beach near some Angels teammates — and that he met Lindsay Lohan at a Lakers game. I told him a couple of years ago when the Twins were in town to play the Dodgers that he would be A-List material if he played there. He’s on his way.
Sorry the update isn’t as power-packed as yesterday, but I figured mentioning Lindsay Lohan would make up for it. I’m making calls and will alert you if something comes up.