Twins General Manager Terry Ryan has been so busy trying to make a deal he was unaware of the initial reports that Kevin Garnett was being traded from the Timberwolves to Boston.
"I'm in a cocoon up there," he said.
Ryan emerged from his cocoon on Tuesday, after the 3 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline passed without the sorely needed hitter to boost the Twins' playoff chances.
The only deal Ryan swung was sending leadoff hitter Luis Castillo to the Mets, a deal in which he received two minor leaguers for a free agent-to-be he didn't plan on re-signing.
"I had hot leads," he said, "but I didn't have anything that was close."
It was a reminder that even if Ryan was ready to deal it takes a partner to make one happen. Other than Mark Teixeira getting dealt from Texas to Atlanta, the league didn't see many hitters change teams.
Mike Piazza remains in Oakland. Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. remain in Cincinnati. Jermaine Dye remains with the White Sox. All of those hitters were believed to be available before the deadline but weren't traded.
"You cannot force something unless it is meant to be," Ryan said.
The Twins were interested in several hitters before the deadline. Piazza is believed to prefer to play on one of the coasts and not in the Upper Midwest. The Twins were interested in Tampa Bay infielder Ty Wigginton, but he was dealt to Houston.
The Twins did express interest recently in Colorado third baseman Garrett Atkins, with Juan Rincon offered as part of the deal, but the Rockies turned them down.
It wasn't for a lack of effort.
"There are a lot frustrated people in the baseball department," Twins President Dave St. Peter said.
Manager Ron Gardenhire was in Ryan's office at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to observe some of the proceedings and said he never felt they were closing in on a deal.
"I don't know how you get optimistic about stuff like that," he said. "It was one of those things [where] he was working on different things and trying different things and everyone else was too."
Gardenhire might have a bit of a challenge keeping his players focused on getting back in the playoff picture. After all, the club has spent several weeks looking for hitting but ended up trading a .300 hitter in Castillo. Several players already have expressed bewilderment.
"They want to quit they can walk off the field," Gardenhire said. "We are going to keep playing."
Infielder Alexi Casilla started at second Tuesday and batted ninth as his tryout for the 2008 Opening Day lineup began. He went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the 5-3 victory over Kansas City.
"If Castillo was not going to be here next year, [Casilla] probably was going to be our second baseman," Gardenhire said. "So why not take a look at him now and see how he does?"
The switch-hitting Casilla, 23, batted .269 with three homers, 20 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 84 games at Class AAA Rochester. Gardenhire said Casilla still makes youthful mistakes but has improved since his callup in April.
Casilla and Nick Punto will share time at second base, and Gardenhire said he will use Casilla in the leadoff spot occasionally.
Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer was examined by a team doctor Tuesday and was given the final go-ahead to resume all baseball-related activities. He will activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday, barring a setback.
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|Minnesota||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
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|Tennessee||12/8/13 3:05 PM|
|St. Louis||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|Seattle||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|NY Giants||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|Carolina||12/8/13 7:30 PM|
|Dallas||12/9/13 7:40 PM|
|Denver||26||2nd Qtr 10:01|
|LA Clippers||6:30 PM|
|San Antonio||8:30 PM|
|Oklahoma City||9:00 PM|
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|Brewton-Parker||15||1st Half 5:08|
|West Va Tech||29||1st Half 4:50|
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|Valparaiso||24||1st Half 3:10|
|Western Carolina||21||1st Half 3:04|
|South Florida||18||1st Half 6:11|
|Rutgers||29||1st Half 4:34|
|Sacred Heart||35||1st Half 3:29|
|No Greenville||25||1st Half 7:36|
|Richmond||26||1st Half 3:32|
|William & Mary||26|
|New Hampshire||24||1st Half 0:13|
|Central Conn St||25|
|Wisconsin||19||1st Half 2:54|
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|Albany||8||1st Half 13:56|
|Lehigh||21||1st Half 4:24|
|Furman||15||1st Half 6:03|
|Hartford||17||1st Half 7:19|
|Davidson||27||1st Half 6:50|
|Delaware State||14||1st Half 5:30|
|Detroit||16||1st Half 7:09|
|Fair-Dickinson||20||1st Half 3:53|
|Citadel||22||1st Half 5:37|
|Cleveland State||17||1st Half 3:38|
|Central Penn College||12||1st Half 5:53|
|Young Harris||17||1st Half 3:37|
|Catholic||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Bryant||8||1st Half 15:30|
|Bucknell||8||1st Half 15:25|
|Northwestern||6||1st Half 16:08|
|Robert Morris||6:45 PM|
|North Florida||7:00 PM|
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|East Tenn St||7:00 PM|
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|Texas Southern||7:05 PM|
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|North Carolina||8:00 PM|
|Boston College||8:00 PM|
|Cal State Fullerton||9:00 PM|
|(19) Louisville||12/5/13 6:30 PM|
|Bowling Green||12/6/13 7:00 PM|
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|(15) UCF||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|(18) Oklahoma||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|(6) Oklahoma State|
|Marshall||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|Memphis||12/7/13 12:00 PM|
|(23) Texas||12/7/13 2:30 PM|
|(5) Missouri||12/7/13 3:00 PM|
|So Florida||12/7/13 6:30 PM|
|(7) Stanford||12/7/13 6:45 PM|
|(11) Arizona State|
|(20) Duke||12/7/13 7:00 PM|
|(1) Florida State|
|Louisiana||12/7/13 7:00 PM|
|(2) Ohio State||12/7/13 7:17 PM|
|(10) Michigan State|
|Utah State||12/7/13 9:00 PM|
|(24) Fresno State|
|Eastern Illinois||67||2nd Half 4:47|
|(15) Nebraska||30||2nd Half|
|(18) North Carolina||40|
|Appalachian St||40||2nd Half 2:17|
|Bluefield College||40||2nd Half 6:25|
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|Columbia||12||1st Half 4:26|
|Western Carolina||6||1st Half 7:39|
|Towson||32||1st Half 0:49|
|Albany||29||1st Half 0:54|
|Hartford||16||1st Half 5:40|
|Ohio State||20||1st Half 4:36|
|Howard||18||1st Half 3:44|
|Stony Brook||33||1st Half 5:08|
|Morehead St||12||1st Half 4:16|
|Georgia Southern||27||1st Half 2:38|
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|Murray State||26||1st Half 3:28|
|Drexel||21||1st Half 0:42|
|Michigan State||16||1st Half 5:40|
|Illinois||16||1st Half 8:10|
|Boston U||29||1st Half 5:25|
|Tennessee St||24||1st Half 3:11|
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|Rutgers||24||1st Half 5:06|
|IUPUI||25||1st Half 6:57|
|St Bonaventure||22||1st Half 4:31|
|James Madison||26||1st Half 2:35|
|Virginia Tech||19||1st Half 9:21|
|South Florida||26||1st Half 4:50|
|Fla Gulf Coast||16|
|Southern Ill||0||1st Half 18:33|
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|(4) Notre Dame||6:30 PM|
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|Eastern Michigan||7:00 PM|
|Oral Roberts||7:00 PM|
|North Texas||7:30 PM|
|(11) Colorado||8:00 PM|
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