Twins' off-season moves and rumors report: 11/25/2016

This is the latest installment of the Twins 2016-2017 off-season rumors and moves report.  You can find the previous here  and all the previous installments in this series here.

I will be bringing news for Twins moves and rumored interest as they come periodically, leaving the names of interesting parties as are unless something changes about their status, adding new information as it comes.  As previously, this is actually reported interest, and not "who fits where" hypothetical interest.  I will be adding information about former Twins as it happens, but not rumors, as well.  This is what has happened or rumored to have happened so far:

  • The Twins might be interested in RHP Justin Masterson (11/23)
  • The Twins have signed free agent C Jason Castro to a 3 year/ $24.5 million dollar contract (11/22)
  • The name of Nick Hudley has come about as "plan B" for some teams after Castro, as far as catchers go, but it is unclear whether the Twins are one of these teams.(11/22)
  • The Dodgers have had discussions with the Twins regarding second baseman Brian Dozier (11/11  and reconfirmed on 11/16).  However they seem to be some ways apart (11/20).  Also multiple undisclosed teams have been also interested in Dozier (11/10)
  • It looks like the new Twins' Front Office t is doing the right thing and committing to a full-time rebuild.(11/20)  However, previous reports suggested that the Twins were after "experienced" players, without any names mentioned. (11/9)
  • Twins' 1B Kennys Vargas (who apparently has a fourth option left), has drawn some trade interest, but no teams are named (11/17)
  • The Twins have had discussions with the agent of RHP Joba Chamberlain, Casey Close.  He also represents who also represents former closers Joe Smith and Shawn Tolleson (11/10)
  • The Twins' have attended the showcase of former Royals' closer RHP Greg Holland. (11/7)

From the former Twins' news department:
  • Former Twins RHP Neil Ramirez has signed a minor league deal with the Giants (11/23)
  • Former Twins OF Shane Robinson has signed a minor league deal with the Angels (11/23)

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