Gardy closing in on a deal; other notes…

Posted on October 15th, 2008 – 7:40 PM
By La Velle

Most of this will be in the ink version tomorrow, but I figured I’d get some of it out now…..

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire landed in Fort Myers today, and I was told that his contract extension could be done by the end of the week, perhaps Monday since we’re late in the week.

This was a formality, as the Twins organization holds Gardy and his coaching staff in high regard. The coaches are expected to get their deals done soon, too. I’m not sure those will be for one or two years. And Gardy usually negotiates for his coaches before taking care of himself.

The Mariners wanted to interview Mike Radcliff, the Twins’ Vice President of Player Personnel, for their vacant GM job. Radcliff, however, is happy with the Twins and has opted to stay. I wouldn’t be surprised if Wayne Krivsky, Terry Ryan’s former right-hand man, gets an interview there.

Twins minor league pitching coordinator Rick Knapp interviewed for 80 minutes on Tuesday for the Tigers’ pitching coach job. Knapp has been a huge help in developing arms. Through drafting and his work, there are more pitchers in the organization who look like legitimate prospects.

I asked a Twins official in Fort Myers today to name some prospects who have been impressive during instructional league. I was given the names of three pitchers: 1st round pick Carlos Gutierrez, sixth round pick B.J. Hermsen and 14th round pick Blayne Weller. All are righthanders.

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