Gardenhire tries to minimize trade talk distraction

Gardenhire tries to minimize trade talk distraction

MINNEAPOLIS -- With the Trade Deadline two weeks away, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that trade rumors have been a point of discussion between his players in the clubhouse.

The Twins have scuffled recently, as they enter Monday's game against the Orioles on a five-game losing streak that has them 13 games back in the American League Central.

They appear likely to be sellers come the deadline as a result, but Gardenhire said he's trying to keep his players focused, instead of worrying about being traded.

"It's casual conversation, as usual," Gardenhire said. "Just walking through and talking to guys. You've got players asking, "What you do you hear? What's going on?' But I don't go out there and talk trades with them.

"It's the same answer that you can't do anything about it. You can't control it. It's flattering to have your name out there."