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Nathan Shows Interest In Pitching For Mets

Longtime Twins closer Joe Nathan, who will be a free agent this winter, has admitted some interest in pitching for the Mets.

"The Mets are a team on our radar for sure, but until we talk with them we can't be sure how well we fit," Nathan said.

"I know what playing in New York is about and I know how passionate the fans are about the teams they like. ... I was a Met fan growing up and my friends from the area are giving me pressure to give them strong consideration."

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson identified resolving the Jose Reyes situation and strengthening the club's bullpen as the two top offseason priorities.

Nathan had a $12.5 million option with the Twins bought out for $2 million on Tuesday, but Minnesota is open to re-signing him.

Via New York Daily News

Twins Still Want To Re-Sign Nathan

The Twins have decided to pay Joe Nathan a $2 million buyout rather than exercise his $12.5 million option for 2012, but they still want to re-sign the closer.

Nathan will be a free agent after the World Series.

"We will look at all our options internally, but we're certainly going to look at all of our options out there. Again, Joe Nathan's at the top of the list," Minnesota general manager Bill Smith said.

Nathan became the club's all-time leader in career saves this season with 260.

Via Associated Press

Nathan Likely To Hit Crowded Closer Market

The Twins will likely decline closer Joe Nathan's $12.5 million option for 2012 sometime between now and the deadline to exercise the $2 million buyout three days after the World Series.

In addition to Nathan, there are expected to be a number of free agent options for teams in need of a closer: Heath Bell, Jonathan Broxton, Matt Capps, Francisco Cordero, Lidge, Ryan Madson, Jonathan Papelbon and Francisco Rodriguez.

Via Star Tribune

Twins Looking For Shortstop, Starting Pitchers

The Twins have a reliable shortstop and depth in their starting rotation on their list of offseason wants and needs.

Ramon Santiago and Alex Gonzalez could be on their radar at shortstop.

Minnesota is going to push hard to re-sign Michael Cuddyer, but they expect him to see what's on the free agent market before making a final decision.

Via Star Tribune

Nationals Still Targeting Denard Span

The Nationals are still interested in trading for Twins center fielder Denard Span.

Washington and Minnesota flirted with a deal during the 2011 regular season, but the Nationals were hesitant because of the outfielder's problems stemming from a concussion.

Via Jim Bowden/ESPN (via Twitter)

Twins Oct 2011 Archive

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