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Twins Rumors: Josh Willingham Not "Off-Limits"

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May 28, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham (16) against the Oakland Athletics at Target Field. The Twins defeated the Athletics 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
May 28, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham (16) against the Oakland Athletics at Target Field. The Twins defeated the Athletics 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

The Minnesota Twins have not made outfielder Josh Willingham "off-limits" this summer, but they are not actively shopping him either, reports Phil Mackey and Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com.

But as of Sunday evening -- with just over two weeks remaining until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline hits -- indications are Willingham will not be going anywhere.

According to league sources, the Twins have not made Willingham "off-limits" to potential suitors, but they are not actively shopping him either.

Mackey and Wolfson don’t seem to get the sense that Willingham will be traded, something Twins general manager Terry Ryan has been indicating this summer.

Sources tell Mackey and Wolfson that it would take a "lopsided offer" to make the Twins move Willingham, who the team covets due to his "exceptional production and team-friendly contract."

Willingham signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Twins this off-season. The 33-year-old has been fantastic in 2012, hitting at a clip of .271/.384/.562 with 21 doubles, 22 home runs and 65 RBIs over his 306 at-bats.

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Should the Twins shop Willingham this summer?

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