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Former Twins outfielder Chad Allen could join coaching staff

Class AAA Rochester hitting coach Chad Allen is one of the candidates to join the Twins coaching staff, according to sources.

Allen was at the winter meetings on Monday to discuss different roles with club, including working on the major league staff. The Twins have one spot to fill on the staff after hiring hitting coach James Rowson last week.

That means Allen would not be the hitting coach, but could land at first base. But the Twins might have another role in mind.

Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine on Monday spoke of shifting roles on the staff. A few years ago, MLB allowed teams to add one extra coach to their staff. Many teams used it for a second hitting coach. Some teams have begun using the extra position to hire a quality control coach, and indications are that the Twins would like to head in that direction.

UPDATE: I just went through every media guide to see how many clubs have different coaching set ups. I found five that did not list an assistant hitting coach. The Phillies have an assistant pitching coach, 

Several teams do have someone listed as a, "quality control coach" or something similar to that. But it is in addition to the other seven coaches and manager. That means they are not in uniform and on the bench during games.

So I'm interested to see how the Twins will shape their staff.

Winter meetings primer for Day Two

Some things to keep in mind as the Twins head into the second full day of the winter meetings:

Was told last night (OK, early this morning) that the Yankees interest in Brian Dozier is not that significant.

Brian Dozier has not been named to Team USA for the World Baseball Classic, but he remains on their watch list.

Dozier met with Derek Falvey and Thad Levine last night and made it clear how much he wants to stay and be part of the solution in Minnesota.

The agent for reliever Ryan Pressly hopes to meet with the Twins today or tomorrow to try to work out a contract.

The Twins have spoken with Miguel Sano's agents and are confident that Sano will report to camp fit and ready to play third base. My question to Falvey and Levine on this topic was. "So you are confident that Sano will report to camp in shape and not in a shape?"