12/04/11 4:00 PM EST
Twins have work cut out for them at Meetings
Club is looking to add pitcher, corner outfielder and re-sign key trio
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
General managers, managers, front-office staff, agents and writers have all descended at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas for the Winter Meetings, which run through Thursday. It's sure to be a busy week for all involved, as the annual event features various industry meetings and luncheons as well as Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.
But as most fans surely know, it's also a place for general managers to meet with each other and with agents regarding free-agent signings and trades.
The Twins have mostly stayed quiet during the Winter Meetings in recent years, but are on the lookout for pitching help and a corner outfielder. They also remain interested in re-signing three free agents from last year's team -- reliever Matt Capps and outfielders Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel.
So to the end, we'll have you covered here at Twinsbaseball.com and MLB.com regarding any relevant rumors, signings or trades. There will be plenty of updates via the blog, Bollinger Beat, and Twitter @RhettBollinger.
There will also be a video interview this week with Twins general manager Terry Ryan as he answers a handful of questions sent in by fans.
Ryan will also speak with the media at the conclusion of each day, as there will be a nightly recap on the site about all of the Twins' happenings. In addition, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is set to meet with the media on Wednesday during his availability at 2 p.m. CT.
The Twins also figure to be active players in the Rule 5 Draft, considering that they have the No. 2 pick. Last year, the Twins selected left-hander Scott Diamond from the Braves before ultimately trading for him so that he didn't have to spend the entire season on the active roster.
But there are also plenty of questions that need to be resolved about a Twins team that lost 99 games last season.
So Twins fans, be sure to keep that dialogue running here in the comments section on the site, as there's always something to discuss during the Winter Meetings.