Land O' Links 11/18
Charley Walters/Pioneer Press on interest in Koskie and Kielty:
The Twins have no interest in free-agent former Twins third baseman Corey Koskie, still recovering from postconcussion syndrome, nor free-agent ex-Twins outfielder Bobby Kielty of the Boston Red Sox.
Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe talks about Johan and Crisp:
Even if the Twins and Red Sox don't get deep into Johan Santana talks, Minnesota is very interested in Coco Crisp. He's someone the Twins believe could replace Torii Hunter for less than half the cost. Crisp is a major chip for the Sox in any trade discussions. The Rangers and Braves also are interested in him.
Sid Hartman/Star Tribune says that the Twins have made Johan an offer:
The word in baseball circles is that the Twins have made a five-year offer to two-time Cy Young Ward winner Johan Santana calling for $93 million.
It's doubtful that Santana will accept this offer, but at least it's a start in an attempt to lock up the pitcher many consider to be the best in baseball.
Hartman also talks about Hunter:
Meanwhile, there isn't any doubt that the Twins are waiting for free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter to get some offers, and if Hunter wants to return here as he claims, he will give the Twins a chance to match.
Kelsie Smith/Pioneer Press on the Twins options with Johan:
Smith knows what's at stake with each option - sign Santana, trade him or let him become a free agent.