Notes: Hardy, Nishioka, Greinke, Neshek, Repko, Jenks
Some rumblings from today as the Winter Meetings are quickly approaching and tonight’s non-tender deadline.
Doug Mitler posted today on ESPN.com that he is getting the sense that the Twins feel JJ Hardy is too Valuable to non-tender. With the large deals given out to Uribe and Tejada recently, the Twins feel they can get some good value for Hardy on the trade market. Another option would be to keep him (one which I highly hope they do). Hardy battled injuries last year but when healthy was one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball and had an above average bat. You can view the post (ESPN Insiders only) here
John Morosi of FoxSports.com hears that the Twins could be leaning towards playing Nishioka at 2B. Many scouts believe that Nishioka does not translate into a Major League SS, the Twins could be feeling the same. This also could show that they plan to open the season with JJ Hardy at SS. I have said all along, I really hope the Twins take the field Opening Day with Hardy at SS, Nishioka at 2B and Casilla as a utility infielder. Casilla provides the Twins depth in case either Nishioka or Hardy go down to injuries. He did prove last year that he is a great utility infielder, he has not shown yet in his career that he is ready to handle being a full-time player. Keep that in mind.
Jon Heyman of SI.com tweeted earlier that the Royals will not trade Greinke within the division. There goes that pipe dream Twins fans. Here is what Heyman tweeted earlier:
@SI_JonHeyman: the #royals won’t trade greinke within their division, i hear
According to Joe Christenson of the Star Tribune: The Twins have avoided arbitration with both Jason Repko and Pat Neshek. Repko has signed a one year/$600,000 deal and Neshek has signed a one year/$625,000 deal. Both are great deals in my opinion.
According to MLBTradeRumors.com: The White Sox have non-tendered Bobby Jenks. This should sadden Twins fans for two reasons. One is that we now do not have a Chicago reliever to score 5 runs in the 9th inning off anymore, the other reason is that the Twins may now take a look at Jenks (not kidding). With the low price he would come at and all the relievers the Twins will be losing this offseason, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit. He is about the LAST reliever I would like to see in the Twins bullpen.