By La Velle
I think Joe Nathan is tired of us asking him about his contract situation.
The Twins closer has a sign hanging over his clubhouse stall that reads: `Nothing to report.’
Nathan’s agent, Dave Pepe, and the Twins have tried to hammer out a deal but the sides apparently aren’t close. Pepe, when contacted today, reiterated that a deal gets tougher to do once the regular season starts.
You wonder if the Twins are approaching Nathan the way they approached Torii Hunter in that they may be reluctant to sign him to a deal longer than three years.
The Twins are stretching on the field as they prepare to face Dice-K, Big Papi and the Boston Red Sox. The Mets may be fined by the league for only bringing one regular on a recent road trip (the league wants at least four regulars on trips). But the Red Sox may deserve a bonus because Boof Bonser will face something close to an A-lineup:
1. Julio Lugo, 2. Dustin Pedroia. 3. Big Papi. 4. Manny Ramirez. 5. Mike Lowell. 6. Kevin Youkilis. 7. Jason Varitek, C. 8. Coco Crisp. 9. Bobby Kielty. Pitching:Dice-K.
Twins: 1. Span. 2. Kubel (DH). 3. Cuddy. 4. Morneau. 5. D.Y. 6. Red Dog. 7. Bushman. 8. LNP. 9. Everett. Pitching: Less of Boof.
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