December 7, 2005

Open Chat: Something Brewing?

I'm not sure why, but from reading the various reports coming from the Winter Meetings I get the feeling that the Twins are about to make their second major move of the offseason. The team seems to be legitimately involved in an awful lot of rumors and Terry Ryan is starting to say the things he usually says before some news breaks.

The latest reports have Ryan talking to just about any free-agent hitter with a pulse while being actively involved in multiple-team trade negotiations. He seems committed to getting something done sooner rather than later, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Twins have a new third baseman and/or designated hitter by the end of the day.

Some of the most prominent rumors sound like good ideas to me and some of the most prominent rumors sound like potential mistakes. Rather than spend a second straight day speculating about what may or may not happen, I think it'll be better just to sit back and see if something actually does happen.

And, of course, if the Twins do make a move today I'll have a Luis Castillo-style write-up here first thing tomorrow morning. In the meantime, feel free to spread rumors in the comments section and check out my new "Catching Up On Trades" article over at The Hardball Times.

Today at The Hardball Times:
- Catching Up On Trades (by Aaron Gleeman)
- FIP and the Long Ball (by Dave Studeman)

Pick of the Day (150-126, +$2,325):
Illinois -8 (-110) over Georgetown

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