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No trade action on Dozier, but Twins are listening to teams

I have stated before that I don't think the Twins will make a trade this week. But that doesn't mean they aren't working on one.

According to sources, there are still multiple teams that have spoken to the Twins about power-hitting second baseman Brian Dozier. That includes the Dodgers, who have been interested in him for months.

What we know is that the Twins want a good package for Dozier, and appear willing to write him in as their Opening Day second baseman if they don't like what they are offered. Both CBO Derek Falvey and GM Thad Levine have made that clear recently. There doesn't seem to be any concern that Dozier's value might never as high as it is now. That's why I'm skeptical that something could get done by the time the teams check out of the hotel tomorrow.  But it only takes one phone call.

My sense is that the Twins will continue to listen to teams after the winter meetings.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman met Falvey on Tuesday, but I was told this morning that the Yankees are not one of the teams interested in Dozier. Perhaps the sides were just checking on if they matched up elsewhere.

Manager Paul Molitor met with the media today, and he talked about what it's like to deal with Falvey and Thad Levine after dealing with Terry Ryan through the years.

"You got a guy like Terry who did it for so long, you know what that's like,'' Molitor said. "And it hasn't been dramatically different, but they have a little different way they're operating.

"But I like the energy and there is certainly a lot of high baseball IQ there. We're just trying to continue to find ways to get on the same page, how we want to address short-term for '17 and their main goal is long-term competitive, hopefully championship-type baseball. I've enjoyed it, looking forward to seeing where it goes.

Some short notes from around the lobby today

The Rangers are getting a draft pick from Colorado after Ian Desmond signed with the Rockies. That would make it easy for them to sign Edwin Encarnacion, which would cost them a pick. But the Rangers are sending out signals that they can't spend that type of money.

The Twins coaching search will likely continue after the winter meetings.

Ervin Santana has decided not to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Dozier wants to play, but currently is only on a "watch list," for Team USA. 

Bill Smith, whose final day with the organization will be Jan. 31, said he will take some time off before pondering his next move. Smith spent 31 years with the club.

The Twins have made the Eduardo Escobar deal official. Escobar signed for $2.6 million recently to avoid arbitration.

Twins don't appear to be close to any moves at winter meetings

It's looking more and more like the Twins will leave here without making a significant move.

They have been in contact with clubs during the winter meetings to see if they can match up on trades in the future. I just don't think Derek Falvey and Thad Levine came here with making a bunch of moves on their agenda.

They've admitted that they have used this week as a mini-organizational meeting. The Twins were unable to hold organizational meetings in October because of their executive search. This has been an opportunity for Falvey and Levine to meet many members of the organization who are usually scattered across the country. And they have admitted that most of the agents they have spoken with represent players already on their roster.
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So, no, I don't see them making a big move this week.

They did re-sign righthander Yorman Landa, the pitcher they took off the roster last week to make room on their 40-man roster. Landa was 2-2 with a 3.24 ERA in 31 games last season for Class A Fort Myers.

The Twins made room on the 40-man so they could be active in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday, the final day of the meetings. There are several talented players to choose from, and the Twins have the No. 1 pick. They could could draft a reliever with a big arm or maybe a backup catcher with upside. They also could trade the pick. Anyway, here's Baseball America's Rule 5 preview. It's worth a read.

Twins manager Paul Molitor is about to meet with the media. We'll see if he can shed any light on the Twins inactivity.