The Twins were able to hold some meetings with other teams, and Ryan even spoke with a few agents of both free agents and his arbitration-eligible players. While it may not be anything that spells out immediate answers for the club, it marked some progress for Ryan."I think we've got a pretty good feel for where we're at here in terms of matches," Ryan said. "See the best fit, like other Winter Meetings, and there are some people that are a better fit than others. I had the chance to talk to talk to a lot of people today, so that's a start." Bonds unlikely: One rumor that has seemed to persist during this year's meetings is the notion the Twins could be looking at Barry Bonds to fill their void at designated hitter.
A column that ran in the New York Times on Sunday argued Minnesota could be the best fit for Bonds. The same article speculated that the team might have to spend $17 million but it would be worth it for the club to reach out of its price range to sign the slugger.The Twins don't have a history of signing big-name free agents and the idea of the Bonds coming to the Twin Cities seems somewhat ridiculous. Some members of other clubs were quick to agree with that notion, including White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "I just heard a rumor that Barry Bonds is going to Minnesota," Guillen said during his session with the media Tuesday. "When you hear that, I don't know what people are drinking. That's the kind of rumor you are going to hear. I don't think Barry fits good with the piranhas. Barry is a shark, he's not a piranha. I don't see Barry there." Without Wayne: One fixture noticeably absent from the Twins' suite at this year's meetings is former assistant GM Wayne Krivsky. Krivsky was one of the chief negotiators for the club before he left to take over as the Reds' general manager. His presence in completing contracts and helping out in arbitration cases has been lauded by many in the business. This offseason, there has been much speculation as to what Ryan would do to fill the hole left by Krivsky. Yet here the organization is at the annual meetings, with nothing new in terms of front-office staff or talk of what might be done to fill the spot. But Ryan didn't feel as if the departure had really affected how the Twins were operating at this year's meetings. "I wanted to make sure we continue to do exactly what we've always done," Ryan said. "And it's about the same, just minus him."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.