The Star Tribune reported this week that the Twins have interviewed Kansas City VP J.J. Picollo to lead their baseball operations but also swung and missed in an attempt to get former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington to interview.
Interestingly, Cherington's name resurfaced Wednesday when he was hired as a VP with the Blue Jays — which we can assume is a lesser job than he would have been offered with the Twins.
Also interestingly, Yahoo's Jeff Passan on Wednesday tweeted that Cherington isn't the only exec who has said no thanks to the Twins. He didn't say how many, but Passan said "multiple GM types have rebuffed their interest so far."
It would be dangerous to read too much into that, of course. Sometimes a situation just isn't right. Still, the natural inclination will be to wonder if candidates are looking at the Twins' situation and deciding they'd be better off waiting for something else.
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