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Twins GM Bill Smith Previews Offseason

Minnesota Twins' general manager Bill Smith and president Dave St. Peter took questions from their season ticket holders in a conference call, and Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune has it covered. In the Q&A, the two previewed their offseason priorities for the Twins. Let's take a look at what they had to say:

  • Bill Smith expects the big league coaching staff, led by manager Ron Gardenhire, to return in 2012
  • It's unlikely for the Twins to pursue designated hitter Jim Thome. Thome, 40, said he's leaning towards returning for another season.
  • The Twins are going to be targeting a starting pitcher, because one or two of their current ones may be sliding into the bullpen
  • Even if the Twins don't pick up Joe Nathan's club option, there is legitimate interest in bringing back the righty.

Target Field's field dimensions won't be changing, at least for the 2012 season.
  • Expect Minnesota to try to re-sign Michael Cuddyer. Cuddyer, 32, hit .284/.346/.459 last season for the Twins and is now a free-agent.