Twins' off-season moves and rumors report: 1/27/2017

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 have promoted Elliott Strankman tothe West Coast Scouting supervisor position (1/26)
  • The Twins are interested in DH/1B Mike Napoli, and RHP Joe Smith (1/24)
  • There is interest by unnamed teams on Twins RHP Ervin Santana and the Twins have indicated that nobody is "untouchable" (12/16)
  • The Twins could have interest in Red Sox'  P Drew Pomeranz, but have not discussed them yet with Boston (12/6); However are not listed among the teams that were interested in Red Sox' pitchers per Boston sources (12/7)
  • The Twins have talked to the Diamondbacks about their young pitching.  No particular names were mentioned and nothing is imminent (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 attended the showcase of former Royals' closer RHP Greg Holland. (11/7)
From the former Twins' news department:

  • Former Twins' OF Adam Walker was claimed by the Braves from the Orioles (1/26)


Marv said...

As far as signing someone like Napoli...
Unless the Twins think that Vargas has forgotten how to hit LHP or that Park is no better a hitter than we saw last year this move doesn't make much sense to me. Napoli hits LHP better than RHP as well. We've already got that guy in Vargas.
I suppose if you just replace Park with Napoli it is probably an upgrade, but Park is 5 years younger and inexpensive. I'd like to see what he can do.
Maybe take the extra money that Napoli would cost and spend it on starting pitching.

thrylos98 said...

Totally agree. If the Twins were 84-78 last season, then a Napoli might make sense. Not now...

roth phallyka said...

I'd like to see what he can do.