Trade Deadline (Game 108 vs Oakland)
OAKLAND — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire gave no indication whether the Twins will make any moves before today’s 3 p.m. CT Trade Deadline, but it appears more and more likely the club will stand pat.
“I have no clue,” Gardenhire said. “I just read your articles, and you guys write it, and so I just try to get a lineup in, read some clips and read about our Minor Leaguers. I can’t control that other stuff.”
Gardenhire, though, is certainly aware that Twins players such as Denard Span, Jason Kubel, and Kevin Slowey have been mentioned in trade rumors leading up to today’s deadline.
But recent reports indicate that the Nationals are reluctant to include closer Drew Storen in a deal for Span, and that a trade is appears unlikely at this point unless the Nationals decide to budge on their offer. And a source told Foxsports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi that the Twins are not looking to trade Kubel despite heavy interest from the Pirates.
The Rockies, meanwhile, remain interested in Slowey, but it remains unclear how close the two sides are regarding a deal for the right-hander.
Gardenhire said he’s simply trying his best to keep his players loose, as Trade Deadline day is always a hectic one.
“It’s more prominent now,” Gardenhire said. “There’s more media attention on it and more speculation, and blogs and Tweets. We didn’t have all that stuff when I played. So yeah, there’s some uneasiness out there, especially if you’re a team like us trying to get back into it and trying to stay in it. We believe we can still catch people, and others might not. So it’s out there.”
Gardehire also added he expects Span, out with a concussion suffered June 3, to play in his final rehab game with Triple-A Rochester tonight before heading to Anaheim tomorrow to be ready for Tuesday’s game.
“I plan on him traveling tomorrow and being in Anaheim,” Gardenhire said. “I think he’ll play tonight and then he’ll be traveling.”
Span also had his say this morning via Twitter regarding the recent trade rumors.
“Good morning everyone!,” Span wrote. “I just woke up and read the star tribune article with people’s comments! Smh. A lot of people read things and form an opinion very quick. This will be my last tweet for a lil bit. I want to be in a twins uniform after today and for the rest of the deal I signed a year ago! To my teammates that I hope I see again u guys know what type of person and team player I am.”
Lineups for the 3:05 p.m. CT start at the Oakland Coliseum:
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Joe Mauer, 1B
3. Michael Cuddyer, 2B
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS
9. Drew Butera, C
RHP Carl Pavano (6-7, 4.60 ERA, 4.15 FIP, 3.77 K/BB)
1. Jemile Weeks, 2B
2. Coco Crisp, CF
3. Hideki Matsui, DH
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Conor Jackson, 1B
6. Ryan Sweeney, RF
7. Cliff Pennington, SS
8. Kurt Suzuki, C
9. Scott Sizemore, 3B
RHP Brandon McCarthy (3-5, 3.52 ERA, 2.78 FIP, 3.75 K/BB)