Ron Gardenhire says the Twins are making a run at an unidentified free agent

Jan 23, 10:55 PM

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The Makeover in Minnesota isn't over yet: 

It could be a pitcher -- the Twins have been linked in rumors to free-agent starter Bronson Arroyo. It could be a hitter. Nelson Cruz, maybe? Let's face it: offensively, the Twins sport Joe Mauer. That's where it begins and ends. He could use some help. 

We could speculate the night away, but Wolfseen tweets that it isn't free-agent starter Ubaldo Jimenez the Twins are after, whose contract demands are likely too reach for Minnesota: 

Take it for what it's worth, Twinkie fans. Sleep tight. 

Jan 27, 10:25 PM

Twins GM Ryan: 'We've still got our eye on some people that still could possibly help us'

Jan 27, 10:25 PM

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The Minnesota Twins remain active on the free-agent market, if general manager Terry Ryan is to be believed. The Pioneer Press' Mike Berardino published comments Ryan made at TwinsFest over the weekend. 

Ryan said about the free-agent market:

"I think a lot of people in the industry thought the free-agent market would break loose once (Masahiro) Tanaka signed, and that hasn’t happened yet . There is some impressive pitching still out there. Some of them are attached to the draft choices, which is an issue for a lot of teams.

"On the position side of the free-agent market, it has been lean from the get-go. It still is lean, but there are a couple guys out there as well. We’ve still got our eye on some people that still could possibly help us. It might be more on the depth area, but it might not be. So we need to keep an eye on exactly where some of these things go. You never know who might slip through the cracks.

"I don’t doubt at this time of year, where we’re starting to approach February, people are starting to get a little nervous (about) where they’re going to spring camp. Most players want to know as we get into the month of February exactly where they’re headed."

Ryan also said that the Twins still have some payroll flexibility, even after the signings of Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes, who'll earn a combined $20 million in 2014. But the majority of the Twins' shopping is done - their goal was to add starting pitching, and they did that. A final move will likely be a minor one. 

"We weren't going to spend needlessly," said Ryan. 

The Twins could use some help offensively. After Joe Mauer, now their starting first baseman, the Twins have Josh Willingham, and that's about it. And Willingham will be 35 on Feb. 17, and is coming off the worst offensive season of his career. He hit .208/.342/.368 in 111 games, and his 102 wRC+, while slightly above average, was well down from his career 123 wRC+. 

Mauer will earn $23 million in 2014, and Willingham's the next highest-paid position player on the club, at $7 million. After those two, it's catcher Kurt Suzuki, signed as a free agent for one year at $2.75 million. 

Nelson Cruz and/or Stephen Drew could make sense for Twins, if they had the money.