By La Velle
There’s more in my story for the ink-on-paper version tomorrow, but here are a few juicy nuggets about what the Twins are up to as the trade deadline nears.
The Twins have been shopping Boof Bonser, perhaps as a way to make room for Francisco Liriano. The Rangers, according to a report out of Arlington, are interested. And the Giants had a scout at Wednesday’s game.
As for Liriano, I heard tonight that he could be called up in a few days. I’m not sure who would come out of the rotation.
The door may not be closed on Seattle third baseman Adrian Beltre. I heard that the Twins have had many, many, many conversations with Seattle. But the Mariners have asked for Nick Blackburn, Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey, Glen Perkins or Denard Span as part of a package, and the Twins won’t go there. It’s a matter of Mariners coming down in their demands but, as I wrote recently , it could be tough for these teams to find common ground.
The Twins have called the Orioles about second baseman Brian Roberts, whom they were interested in during the offseason. Indications are, however, that they’ll be unable to land him.
Some people in the clubhouse tonight were very disappointed that LaTroy Hawkins is an Astro and not a Twin.
The Rays have been scouting Craig Monroe.