Deals so far: Picked up the 2008 option for closer Joe Nathan; acquired outfielder/DH Craig Monroe in a trade with the Cubs; acquired outfielders Delmon Young and Jason Pridie and infielder Brendan Harris from Tampa Bay for pitchers Matt Garza and Eduardo Morlan and shortstop Jason Bartlett.Players eligible for arbitration: First baseman Justin Morneau, outfielders Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Monroe and Jason Tyner and right-handers Matt Guerrier and Juan Rincon Free agents: Carlos Silva and Rondell White Needs: Center field, third base and designated hitter. The loss of Torii Hunter, who signed a multiyear deal with the Angels on Thanksgiving, creates a gaping hole in center. The club once again will try to fill holes at third and DH, positions which have been revolving doors for the Twins over the past few seasons. Dealing strengths: The Twins have an ace in their pocket, literally, in Santana. With only year remaining on Santana's contract, the Twins are shopping the pitcher and he is expected to be the top draw in Nashville. In addition to Santana, the club has a stockpile of talented young pitchers in its organization. The Twins have been hesitant to mortgage the future in past seasons, but the team's need to fill so many holes makes it seem likely that at least one arm will be dealt.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.