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.

Afternoon update from the MLB winter meetings

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: December 3, 2012 - 4:30 PM


The national media is bored. By this time last year, the Marlins had made it rain all on on several free agents, and everyone had something to write.
This year, the lobbies at this hotel (there are many) are full of reporters, looking for news.

The Twins are deep into their search for starting pitching. A report out of Washington has them interested in lefthander John Lannan, which we reported in today's dead-tree editions. Lannan was linked to the Orioles earlier in the day but now it appears that the Orioles are not interested.

Francisco Liriano's agents are expected to meet with the Twins sometime today. They also represent Joe Saunders, who could also be on the Twins' radar.

No word on if they met with the agents for Brandon McCarthy or Brett Myers yet, although they were expected to.

Twins General Manager Terry Ryan told SirriusXM satellite radio today that Joe Mauer is not getting traded, in case you were worried.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was a guest on The MLB Network, during which he gave a shout out to all his front office staff who are, "trying to trade all my players." He still has his sense of humor.

Will check in later with more updates.

UPDATE: ESPN's Jerry Crasnick is reporting that the Twins also are interested in Kevin Correia and Joe Blanton. It shows that the Twins have cast their nets rather far in their search for starting pitching.


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