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.

Evening update: Cuddyer, Kubel decline arbitration

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: December 7, 2011 - 11:44 PM

As expected, both Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel rejected the Twins arbitration offers.

The Twins will continue to try to re-sign Cuddyer - who has a three-year, $24 million offer on the table. If they don't sign Cuddyer, they could turn to Kubel. Twins GM Terry Ryan will remain in contact with Cuddyer's agent, but the Twins could move on to other free agents if they don't get an answer from Cuddyer soon,

At least the Twins will receive compensation if either Cuddyer or Kubel - or both of them - sign with another club. If Cuddyer signs elsewhere, the Twins will receive a first round pick in the spot right before the team that signs him and a pick between the first and second rounds.

If/when Kubel signs elsewhere, the Twins will get a pick between the first and second rounds because he is a Type B free agent.

The winter meetings wrap up on Thursday with the Rule 5 draft at 9 a.m. The Twins have the second overall pick and are expected to select a pitcher.




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