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Twins reportedly contact Diamondbacks about Goldschmidt

Remove Joe Mauer, and insert Paul Goldschmidt?

That is a possibility the Twins are exploring, at least according to a tweet from Jon Morosi of Fox Sports and MLB Network on Tuesday.

“Twins and DBacks have had preliminary talks about a Paul Goldschmidt trade, source confirms, though the dialogue has not advanced in recent days,” Morosi wrote. “Minnesota had the 5th-lowest OPS at first base of any MLB team in 2018 [.711]; Arizona had the best … because of Goldschmidt.”

Goldschmidt is a six-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner who hit .290 with 33 homers, 83 RBI and a .389 on-base percentage and .533 slugging percentage (.922 OPS) over 158 games.

The eight-year pro is a career .297 hitter, averaging a .398 on-base percentage and .532 slugging percentage.

It was a "down year" for the 31-year-old in his age-30 season, as it was the first time in his career he played in 146 or more games yet failed to hit .297 or better, drive in 95 or more runs, post at least a .396 on-base percentage or steal at least 18 bases.

ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted last month that the Diamondbacks were open to dealing the first baseman and his 2019 salary of $14.5 million before he hits unrestricted free agency in 2020.

Arizona’s GM Mike Hazen told the Arizona Republic in October that he wanted “to get a feel for what the trade market would be for various guys, evaluate the free-agent market as it comes out and see what happens, and reconvene.”

This could certainly be a case of just that. 

In addition to the Twins, the Astros, Cardinals have reportedly had “meaningful” discussions with Arizona about Goldschmidt this offseason.

Bears row the boat after touchdown and it was a tribute to ...

Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller and his teammates were paying tribute when they rowed the boat in the end zone after scoring a touchdown Sunday against the Vikings.

As Adam L. Jahns wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times:

Row, row, row your boat.

Anthony Miller ran down the seam.

Merrily, merrily, merrily.

He scored for his team.

And then this happened:

No, Miller and his teammates weren't trolling P.J. Fleck and the Gophers. They were honoring Miller's boyhood hero.

Jahns wrote: "It wasn’t a choreographed celebration, but rather Miller’s salute to his idol, former NFL receiver Steve Smith. 'I know you’ve all seen that,' Miller said. 'I knew [my teammates] would join in' .”

That should sound familiar to Vikings fans. It was Smith, playing for the Carolina Panthers, who did the original boat celebration in the end zone after torching Vikings defensive torch Fred Smoot for a touchdown 13 years ago. You can learn more about that by researching the Vikings and the Love Boat on your favorite Internet search engine, if you need a refresher or a history lesson.

Anyway, here's what Smith's celebration looked like, a video that includes a cameo from KFAN's Dan Barreiro.:

You can read Jahns' full story about Miller and the 2018 remake of the celebration here.