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.

Twins Insider: Trade deadline day update

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 31, 2014 - 12:34 PM

Sam Fuld for Tommy Milone? Like the move.

What's next?

Standing pat with the rest of the roster should not be an option for the Twins today as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches. It's time to move some pieces and see if they can click on something.

The Twins picked up Fuld off waivers and have turned him into a someone who should be in a major league starting rotation. Milone had won six straight decisions and had just shut out Toronto for six innings when he became a casualty of the Jeff Samardzija trade and had to be sent to the minors. And Milone is left-handed, which the Twins need.

Milone goes into the mix for next season's rotation, with Alex Meyer and Trevor May. With Phil Hughes, Kyle Gibson and Ricky Nolasco coming back, the Twins should be able to assemble an improved rotation.

SUZUKI NEWS

Was told today that the Twins are still in contact with the agent for catcher Kurt Suzuki about a contract extension but there still a sizeable gap to bridge. At this point, signing Suzuki looks to be a long shot, so trading the All-Star catcher remains the more likely option  Why keep him if you can't sign him?

That's one to monitor as we close in on the trade deadline. Should be an interesting day. I've heard the Twins have a good chance of making at least one more trade and could move multiple players. Stay tuned.

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