Meetings slow, but offer potential
Twins GM Smith says multi-team trade unlikely, still wants Punto
LAS VEGAS -- The Twins' starting-pitching depth and surplus of outfielders have inspired multiple teams to reach out during this week's Winter Meetings.But while rumors continue to surface regarding their players, the Twins have remained quiet, as they usually do at these Meetings.
Despite Smith indicating that it's a "priority" to re-sign Punto, there is no urgency by the Twins to try to do so before the Meetings come to an end. The infielder, who was in Las Vegas this week, headed back home to Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday. At least a handful of other teams have also expressed interest in Punto, and some have been fervent in their pursuit. But there is a belief that the infielder will check back in with the Twins before he makes a final decision.As for Dennys Reyes, the only other of the team's free agents who might return, Smith said the two sides have not been in contact this week. "We've had some preliminary stuff," Smith said. "They are out looking at what the market is. I think they want to see what the market will bear, and we'll revisit it at that point." With only one day left of the Meetings, Smith and his front-office team don't appear likely to make a move before leaving Las Vegas. The hope is that, like in other years, the Twins will have made enough progress in their talks during this week to eventually find a way to address their needs.
"Yeah, we've made acceptable progress," Smith said. "But again, with any trade or free-agent signing, it takes two to agree."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.