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.

Note on Guerrier deal

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: December 15, 2010 - 11:27 AM

A couple reports have Matt Guerrier headed to the Dodgers on a three-year deal worth around $12 million.

But I heard from a source with knowledge of the negotiations that the deal isn't done yet. The sides are still hammering out some details that might take another day or two. So the deal is not official yet.

That doesn't mean the Twins have a chance to sneak in and grab Guerrier. That ship sailed awhile ago.

But when the reports hit the web I decided to look into it, and was told a deal isn't done - yet.

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