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12/08/08 7:39 PM EST
Twins drawing interest for Young
Philadelphia reportedly inquires about 23-year-old outfielder
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
LAS VEGAS -- The Twins have said that they are not actively shopping one of their outfielders, despite having a surplus of options at the position. But most of the rumors involving the Twins on Monday, the first day of the Winter Meetings at the Bellagio, centered on one particular outfielder -- Delmon Young.
Among the teams reportedly interested in the 23-year-old are the Phillies, the Rockies and the Giants.
A report by the Philadelphia Daily News on Monday said that the Phillies have inquired about Young. The Twins would likely want infielder Jason Donald, who is considered to be the Phillies' top prospect. Donald, who hit .307 with 14 homers and 54 RBIs over 362 at-bats at Double-A in 2008, has primarily played shortstop, but scouts have indicated that he could eventually wind up at third.
The Rockies have been looking into Young in recent weeks, but there haven't been any new rumors involving the two sides. As for the Giants, they were reportedly interested in Young in October, and there were indications Monday that they could be asking about his availability once again.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire generated buzz about the possibility of Young being moved when he told a Fargo, N.D., newspaper last week that he didn't envision the 23-year-old in his starting outfield. Gardenhire said that Denard Span, Carlos Gomez and Michael Cuddyer were his preferences for the three outfield spots.
The manager made sure to add that the team was not going out of its way to shop Young, but teams had been calling to inquire about him. Twins general manager Bill Smith has repeatedly said this offseason that his ballclub isn't afraid to enter next season with four outfielders who could play every day.
While the Twins' front office has remained fairly mum on the topic, a Major League source indicated to MLB.com in early October that the team was likely to shop Young to other teams this offseason.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.