Twins having important conversations about future during winter meetings

LAS VEGAS — The winter meetings have been quiet for the Minnesota Twins in terms of transactions, but behind closed doors, the team has been having important conversations about its future and introducing new manager Rocco Baldelli to some staff he hasn’t yet met in person.

“(It was) a chance to talk a little bit big-picture around our team and where we think some guys are on our current club and to dig in a little bit more on big picture,” chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said.

This, Baldelli said, is what he thought that was the most important part of being in Las Vegas this week.

Baldelli has also been making the media rounds, appearing on the radio and MLB Network on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

“I think the days of the big plays and big announcements and everything kind of happening, you still occasionally seem them, but in general a thing of the past,” he said. “I think it’s more about spending time with your own people and getting that face time and being able to … (break) off into smaller groups and then coming together spending time talking about what’s going on both small picture (and) big picture.”

With his coaching staff cemented in place, Baldelli said he was finally able to jump off into “individual projects related to players,” and he’s also spending time planning out spring training.

Nothing imminent

Though the Twins continue to be linked to some names and have needs they could fill -- namely in the bullpen and a potential DH -- they, as expected, had a quiet day Tuesday at the Winter Meetings transaction-wise.

“I would say from a progress standpoint, you get further into conversations the more you have with different clubs and as things move forward, even with free agents or their agents,” Falvey said. “I would say we’ve made some progress. … Maybe progress in the sense that we have a better idea of the market in some spaces for areas that we might have potential fits, but I don’t think there’s anything at this phase where we feel like there’s anything imminent.”

Ticket sales sent

Tickets for the 2019 home opener will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, the Twins announced, as will tickets for games from March through May.

The Twins are offering a 19 percent discount for those games, home opener excluded. The rest of the regular-season tickets will go on sale more than a month later on Jan. 22.

The Twins begin their season on March 28, hosting the Indians at 3:10 p.m.