Twins, Rockies talk about Atkins

Posted on December 9th, 2008 – 4:49 PM
By La Velle

The Twins and Rockies have discussed a deal for third baseman Garrett Atkins here, according to a person with knowledge of talks. The Rockies were interested in one of the Twins’ starting pitchers, plus a prospect. Indications are that the Twins still weren’t willing to go there. 

About a week ago, there were indications that Colorado wanted righthander Kevin Slowey and outfielder Denard Span for Atkins, so their recent request isn’t as steep.

The source made it clear that the Rockies are in no hurry to move Atkins, so they would have to be very impressed with an offer to make the deal.

Huston Street’s name came up toward the end of the discussion but that didn’t go far. The Rockies don’t expect to re-sign Brian Fuentes so they want to hold on to Street as cover for Manny Corpas.

What’s coming to light here is that the Twins really want to hold on to their core of young starters. Perhaps they feel that this isn’t the year – or Atkins isn’t the player – to give up a starter for.

Two sources have shot down a report that the Twins and Rays were discussing a three-team deal involving Delmon Young.

A National League source confirmed that Nick Punto met with the Phillies on Monday and that the Phillies like Punto, “very much.”

When that was told to a Twins official, he replied, “we like him very much too.”

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