La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Winter meetings update: What do the Twins have cooking?

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: December 6, 2012 - 7:34 AM

It was a rather interesting night at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

The Twins were locked down in the suite, and indications were that they were working on something really juicy. I don't have it confirmed with anyone with the club, but the speculation around the hotel lobby was that the Twins were listening to offers involving Ben Revere.

There are teams still looking for center field help, namely the Phillies, and Revere might be even more attractive given the prices teams have to pay on the free agent market (Shane Victorino, three years and $39 million to Boston).

The Twins appear to be so desperate to find good pitching that they are willing to talk about almost anyone on the roster. Revere, who's not eligible for arbitration for at least another year, might be a chip they have to consider to play.

I have not heard who the Twins are after. But that was the rumor flying around the lobby in the early morning. There was so much stuff flying around the lobby last night that one person even speculated that the Twins would be willing to give Aaron Hicks his shot in center if they could get the right deal involving Revere (that made Hicks' representatives excited). Again, the usual verification policies are being ignored here. I just wanted to give you a taste of some of the stuff we have decode at the winter meetings.

The Twins didn't help matters much by staying in the suite until around midnight, working on deals. Their PR maven was supposed to fly home Wednesday night and was at the airport when he was summoned back to the hotel, which raised my antennas.

So let's see what the Twins have for us today. Even if they were unable to made the deal they wanted, hopefully GM Terry Ryan can provide some idea of how hard they tried to get something done.



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