Twins show interest in Pirates' Wilson

Twins show interest in Pirates' Wilson

LAS VEGAS -- Jack Wilson continues to garner interest from an American League Central team, but not one in Detroit.

According to a report on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Web site, Minnesota has recently begun showing interest in Wilson. The same report also stated that the Tigers will not be continuing talks about Wilson and have signed free agent Adam Everett.

Wilson would be a potential fit for Minnesota if the Twins are unable to re-sign Nick Punto. Minnesota is still hopeful of inking Punto to a deal soon, but has begun to consider other options because of the interest Punto is getting elsewhere.

The Twins have made it known that if they do look elsewhere for a shortstop or third base fit, defense would be a priority. Jack Wilson, regarded as one of the steadiest defensive players in the league, would certainly fit that mold.

Wilson, who arrived in Las Vegas on Sunday, said on Monday that the Twins are not one of the six teams listed on his limited no-trade clause.

He has grown accustomed to hearing his name tossed around in the rumor mill. For much of the past two years, the eight-year veteran has garnered substantial interest from outside clubs. However, with the rumors picking up and club meetings getting more serious over the past week, Wilson has braced himself for the trade to finally be done.

"It wasn't until last week that [the possibility of being traded] started to set in," Wilson said from the inside the Bellagio hotel on Monday morning. "It's always been a possibility, but when the rumors pick up, then you start thinking about it more.

"If it happens, it happens," he continued. "God put me in Pittsburgh for a reason and wherever He decides to put me now is OK."

Heading into the Winter Meetings, the Dodgers and Tigers stood as the two likeliest suitors for Wilson. However, with Day 1 just under way, no headway with either team has been made.

Though General Manager Neal Huntington has publicly reiterated that the organization is not actively shopping any of its players, one Major League source familiar with the trade talks said that the Pirates are still set on trading their shortstop

The Pirates also appear willing to take on some Wilson's 2009 salary if the right package is made available.

Wilson is set to make $7.25 million in 2009 and has an $8.4 million club option for 2010. There is a $600,000 buyout.

The veteran shortstop also said on Monday that when the Pirates recently approached him about the possibility of restructuring his contract to get a deal done, he agreed.

"If the team wants to move on and go in a different direction, then I'm fine about that," Wilson said. "I like fair contracts. I'm willing to do what it takes if they've decided to trade me."

Wilson told MLB.com last week that he would agree to waive his no-trade clause if a deal was made with the Tigers. On Monday, Wilson said that he does not anticipate rejecting a trade to any of the six teams that are currently on his no-trade list.

"Having teams be interested in you is a good feeling," Wilson said. "It's nice to be wanted. I'm just living until they tell me I'm not a Pirate. I'm just trying to relax."

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.