Much ado about nothing: The official retirement announcement has yet to come from Brad Radke, so many have been speculating about a possible return by the veteran.But that seems to be a lot of wishful thinking by others. An ESPN.com story published after Gardenhire's media session Wednesday indicted that the Twins are trying to talk Radke into returning. It was more a situation where too much was read into a quote from the Twins manager. "We've all said to him, 'One more year,'" Gardenhire said. "Brad has pretty much done what he had to do in the game, I think. And until he makes his official announcement in front of you guys, we still have options with him. We are still talking, but it doesn't look very good, let's put it that way." Gardenhire and his staff indicated all year long they would love for Radke to return, but in no way are the Twins actively trying to push Radke into returning. Rather, they're letting him take time to announce his decision. While Gardenhire is leaving open the possibility for a change of heart from Radke, there seems no doubt from anyone in the organization that the veteran pitcher will make his retirement official before the end of the year. Simply starting: The Twins' list of desires this offseason includes a second left-hander to have in their already talent-laden bullpen and relieve Reyes of some of the workload. One player that has already been ruled out as an option for that spot is Glen Perkins. Perkins spent a bit of time in the Minnesota bullpen during his callup at the end of the season, but that wasn't a glimpse of the future. The Stillwater, Minn., native is expected to compete for a starting role, but while Francisco Liriano used a bullpen spot to transition into the Majors, Gardenhire doesn't envision the same for Perkins. As to how the Twins will fill the void in the bullpen, Ryan said the club could either find the answer in the farm system or look to signing some players to Minor League contracts to compete for the spot during Spring Training. "I think we'll be alright there," Ryan said. "Somehow we'll find that and piece that together."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.