Neal: AJ, Hawkins, Trade, Polanco
In his offseason blog post, Strib reporter La Vell E. Neal III has lots of notes on the Twins and their minors, and couple of interesting hunches. The reports are that:
- Twins would like to bring back AJ to shake up the locker room a little but AJ is pretty popular and will play the process out.
- If Santana returns, he would be like Harden - invisible until (if ever) healthy
- He wouldn't be surprised if the Twins contacted LaTroy Hawkins
- IN general, Twins are looking for guys who have won before.
- Jorge Polanco will stay at shortstop at least through 2014.
But I thought the most interesting was this:
Yep, that is talking about trading prospects for pitching. THAT would make an interesting pivot this offseason.
So their priorities are on upgrading the rotation with a couple quality starters. My sense is that they might end up dealing for one, with a package that includes a prospect not named Byron or Miguel.