By La Velle
I’m set up and ready to roll here at the Indy Marriott as the first day of the annual baseball winter meetings kicks off. Check back here during the day for updates on what the Twins are (or aren’t) doing to improve their ballclub.
I checked with Tom O’Connell, Carl Pavano’s agent, last night to see if they intended to accept or reject arbitration from the Twins. O’Connell didn’t want to tip his hand, so we’ll have to wait until later to find out what their move is. My guess is that they will reject the offer but keep talking to the Twins.
The Twins aren’t too fired up about giving him a two-year deal. Pavano is trying to distance himself from a bad four-year run with the Yankees and might have to take another one-year deal – and have a big year - before he can get more security.
Pavano is the Twins’ top priority right now. Cleveland has expressed interest in Pavano too.
There’s already been some news this morning, with the announcement that Whitey Herzog and Doug Harvey have been elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. Tony Oliva fans, chill. This was the year for managers, umpires, owners and pioneers to be voted on by the Veterans Committee.
Former Twins managers Tom Kelly, Billy Martin and Gene Mauch were among a group of people who received fewer than three votes. Davey Johnson and Steve O’Neill were the others.
Check back here during the day for updates. I’ll probably tweet a couple things from the lobby, too.
I’m also pleased to announce that the Winter Meetings Confidential staff has been retained for another year. The WMC staff scours the hotel every year for newsy nuggets from all over the league and drops them in the ink edition of our newsgathering juggernaut.
For instance, WMC heard last night that the Rangers are looking to move righthander Kevin Millwood because of their continuing financial dilemma. The Twins were in Texas in August when the Rangers couldn’t sign their first-round pick because of what everyone believes were mounting financial woes.
Another nugget: It sounds like Tampa Bay firmly believes it has the cultural infrastructure in place to handle a complicated personality like outfielder Milton Bradley. Good luck to them if they make that move.
So in addition to any Twins news, you’ll get league-wide dope in the daily paper.
That’s all for now. Gotta stake out the lobby.