By La Velle
I worked the phones today as much as possible but found nothing earth-shattering. I couldn’t spend as much time making calls as I wanted to because we spent part of today looking head to February and spring training.
Just had a brain-storming session with my editors about covering TwinsFest, the first couple weeks of spring training and even threw out ideas for our baseball section. I’m just happy we’re able to publish a baseball preview section this year. I’m sure you’ll like it!
One thing we grumbled about: Our list of story ideas doesn’t include profiles of new players in camp because the Twins haven’t added anyone this offseason!!
It’s been the running theme this offseason, and I’m guessing it will be the No. 1 topic during the Twins’ annual winter caravan. Bill Smith was grilled about roster moves in Duluth last night, and it looks like Ron Gardenhire faced the same line of questioning here.
With nothing really juicy to report, here are some random notes:
Michael Young: Here’s one person’s belief that the Twins are a good match for Michael Young. Young’s name first came up during the winter meetings but the feeling I got from the Twins was that his contract was a hindrance. Since then, there have been stories published in which scouts were noted as saying Young no longer has the range to play short and doesn’t have the power to play third. I still get the feeling the Twins aren’t interested.
Relief pitchers: I mentioned last week that the Twins kicked around names like Takashi Saito and Guillermo Mota as relief options. Both are now off the market, as Saito has signed an incentive-laden deal with Boston and Mota is back with the Dodgers. Mota had a real nice ERA after the All-Star break last year. I’ve heard Saito could earn as much as $15 million if he’s healthy, pitches well and convinces the Sawx to pick up a 2010 option. I can see where $15 million over two years would be too much for the Twins for someone who by all accounts needed Tommy John surgery but declined to have it.
Rickey Henderson: I’m glad he’s in the Hall. At first, I wondered how 28 voters could leave him off the ballot. Then I read Jayson Stark and learned that Henderson received a higher percentage of votes than DiMaggio, Williams, Musial, Mantle and Mays. The numbers of voters in the 1960′s and 1970′s might have been fewer but, geez. After being part of the Hall of Fame voting for several years, I am convinced more than ever that we are a strange group of people.
Fort Myers Orioles?: Lee County has agreed to build the Red Sox a new spring training facility and now are trying to lure a team to move into City of Palms Park in a few years.
And Baltimore could be the team.
Heard the Orioles checked out Vero Beach but didn’t like it. Heard they spoke with officials in Sarasota but couldn’t get a deal similar to what the city was willing to offer the Red Sox. For those of you who come down to spring training, this is worth watching. Fort Myers seems clustered enough with two teams – although I need to get down there in four weeks to see how the economy has affected things since we left.
Looking ahead: Still waiting for the Twins to release their spring training roster. Makes me wonder if they are trying to sign someone to a minor league deal with the promise of a camp invite.
I will be out of pocket for most of the day tomorrow. I have to attend an all-day video training session. We’re learning about some new gizmo that will help reporters shoot video. Oh joy! Just kidding. Whatever it takes to keep the Strib going, I’m all for. I BET the Twins announce something tomorrow on the one day I’ll be locked down.
Thursday: I will be at KFAN from 9-12 a.m. to co-host the morning show with Paul Allen. Feel free to call in with Twins/baseball/soccer questions!