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Twins asked closer if he wanted out

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08:10 AM ET 09.01 | Minnesota's career saves leader was reportedly worked up earlier this week as the roster freeze deadline approached. Joe Nathan had 30 minutes to decide if he was open to a trade. The Twins insisted they didn't have a deal cooking. They were just checking to see if Nathan wanted to move to a contender, as they did last week with Jim Thome. ... A player must sign a consent form to waive his 10-and-5 rights at least 24 hours before he's traded, and that decision had to be made before Tuesday at 11 p.m., since Wednesday night was the deadline for teams to submit potential postseason rosters. "The tough part was the timing," Nathan said. "They came to me with 30 minutes left until the deadline."

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September 1, 2011  08:36 AM ET

I doubt they used the word "dude".

September 1, 2011  08:46 AM ET

They were cooking up a deal. They just couldn't deal Nathan without his consent.

September 1, 2011  08:50 AM ET

cooking up some Nathans?

September 1, 2011  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I doubt they used the word "dude".

Dude, I defer!!

September 1, 2011  09:03 AM ET

They were actually asking if Nathan would off himself and save them some money.

September 1, 2011  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I doubt they used the word "dude".

The Dude abides.

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September 1, 2011  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I doubt they used the word "dude".

I doubt if they used any of those words

September 1, 2011  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

They were cooking up a deal. They just couldn't deal Nathan without his consent.

Getting a deal on the table in the last couple of minutes before the dealine and then, oh yeah, Nathan has a 10/5 clause we better ask him if he'll accept a trade. What the hell is that?

September 1, 2011  10:45 AM ET

The Twins need a new stadium financed by the public. That will cure all their ills.

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September 1, 2011  11:19 AM ET
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Right, because the one they're playing in is so old...........(rolls eyes)

The Twins should keep Nathan and fire GM Bill Smith ASAP. The guy is a joke and has taken a franchise once known for developing talent straight into the gutter.

September 1, 2011  11:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The Twins should keep Nathan and fire GM Bill Smith ASAP. The guy is a joke and has taken a franchise once known for developing talent straight into the gutter.

Hard to maintain what the Twins have done, trade their stars for baskets of premium prospects, when other teams are more and more not willing to trade these top tier prospects.
they have a reputation for developing their own talent, with a little help from baskets of prospects.

September 1, 2011  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The Twins need a new stadium financed by the public. That will cure all their ills.

and they need to sign the New M&M boys to big long term contracts, that should solve everything.

September 1, 2011  11:51 AM ET
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and they need to sign the New M&M boys to big long term contracts, that should solve everything.

Couple problems with that.
1)Mauer already has a long term contract.

2) Morneau hasnt gotten over his concussion he had 14 months ago & is a shell of his former self.

What we need is a power righty, and a true ace. Liriano isnt it.

September 1, 2011  11:53 AM ET

I don't think he wanted to leave

September 1, 2011  12:12 PM ET

A good agent would have prepared Nathan for that question a week before it came.

September 1, 2011  12:21 PM ET

McCourt has taken the heart and soul out of the Dodgers. No one cares about a team that doesn't care about itself.

September 1, 2011  02:10 PM ET

in other words the twins told their closer take a hike!!

 
September 1, 2011  02:11 PM ET

if nathan expects a deal from the twins best thing for him its to sign this deal but in ice!!

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