December has arrived. For those who have kids (in my case, grandkids) that always means excitement and anticipation of good things to come. Soon.
In the baseball world, that translates to anticipation of activity at the winter meetings, now just a few days away.
As a Twins fan, this year I have a little more hope for something good to happen at those meetings than in the past. Terry Ryan will be getting reacquainted with old nemeses and meeting new ones. As he does so, he will undoubtedly be naming names and gauging interest for possible trades and free agent acquisitions.
Many of the Twins’ needs are not yet met and this will be a good time to at the very least establish the foundation for future trade discussions, if not complete some deals.
So far, the normally tight-lipped Twins’ front office have not let any rumors get too far along. The only thing I’ve heard so far was a quote from Ryan yesterday about Kevin Slowey still being a member of the team. That was in response to the question about whether or not the Twins will tender Slowey a contract.
This year the deadline for teams to tender contracts to those eligible for arbitration is the Monday following the close of the winter meetings. The deadline for those eligible to be free agents to accept arbitration offers if right in the middle of the meetings. Both deadlines lead to speculation that these meetings will be especially active with regard to trades and signings.
I share in the hope that the Twins will come out of these meetings with several holes filled and with more clarity as to which arbitration eligible players to tender and at what salary.
Anticipation and excitement are building! Twins fans need some good news. Soon.