Twins' off-season moves and rumors report: 12/7/2016

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 MLB Rule 5 draft will be tomorrow.  Here is an earlier list of the Twins' players who are exposed
  • he Twins have re-signed Yorman Landa whom they took off the 40-man roster last week as a minor league free agent with a Spring Training invitation, he is an additional liability for the Rule 5 track (12/6)
  • The Twins could have interest in Red Sox'  Ps Drew Pomeranz and Clay Buchholtz, but have not discussed them yet with Boston (12/6)
  • The Twins have some interest in LHP Clayton Richard (12/6)
  • The Dodgers have had discussions with the Twins regarding second baseman Brian Dozier (11/11  and reconfirmed on 11/16).   The Twins are "aiming high" as far as returns for Dozier go and are "shooting for the stars" (11/25). The Angels and Philies are among the teams interested in Dozier (11/25).  The latest news indicates that the Dodgers have piqued the Twins' interest as far as a potential Dozier trade goes (12/4).  Add the Yankees to the list of the teams interested in Dozier (12/5), a report that Yankees' GM Cashman later called false (12/5)
  • The Twins have talked to the Diamondbacks about their young pitching.  No particular names were mentioned and nothing is imminent (11/29)
  • The Twins have expressed interest in  3B Matt Dominguez as far as minor league free agents go (11/29)
  • The Twins might be interested in RHP Justin Masterson (11/23) as a minor league free agent signing (11/29)
  • 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 C Wilson Ramos has signed a 2yr/$12.5-18.5M contract with the Rays
  • Former Twins 1B/OF Chris Colabello elected free agent (12/6)
  • Former Twins 1B Justin Morneau has signed an 1yr/$1M contract with the White Sox (12/6)
  • Former Twins' P Bob Tewksberry has joined the Giants as a mental skills coordinator (12/5)

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