The Scoops: May 18

Created: 05/18/2012 2:14 PM KSTP.com By: Darren Wolfson

Entering Friday's game in Milwaukee, the Twins are 31-76 since July 18, 2011, the worst record in major league baseball over that timeframe. So it shouldn't be a surprise that morale amongst Twins' employees is low. In fact, a source said that the team recently let go four full-time workers, including two in ticket sales. When the on-the-field product is suffering, so are numerous sales and marketing people. The lost income from commission isn't easily quantifiable, but has to be large.

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Mike Radcliff, the Twins' VP of Player Personnel, on this year's draft via email: "The draft is not very strong this year… lacks quality at the top. Unfortunately for us as we pick No. 2, it also lacks depth at any position.

We always have the “best player approach” to every draft as our foundation… we all need good players at every position… we will and do have an emphasis on pitching which is our biggest need in the organization."

The Twins have five of the top 72 picks -- Nos. 2, 32, 42, 63 and 72. The draft begins on Monday, June 4.

This is the first year of the draft under the new Collective Bargaining rules. All teams have a set budget to sign all picks taken in the first 10 rounds. If teams go over their allotment, MLB can punish them by taking away future draft picks.

The Twins, because of so many extra picks and No. 2 overall, have the most money to spend at $12,368,200. They can spread that out however they choose. The recommended slot for No. 2 is $6.2 million. No. 32 is $1,550,000. No. 42 is $1,227,000.

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One hockey insider passes along these numbers for the Wild to have any shot at signing soon-to-be free agent defenseman Ryan Suter: 6-years/$48 million. Even then, and the belief is the Wild have no problem offering that, Suter will have options. Namely Detroit.

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David Kahn, Wolves' president of basketball operations, is in Brooklyn this weekend for a massive pre-draft workout hosted by the Nets. It's a gathering of cusp first-round picks and lots of second-round picks. Why it's worthy is because every team, with many general managers, will be present. In other words, lots of trade seeds will be planted. 

Owner Glen Taylor told me two weeks ago that Kahn will be very aggressive this offseason, particularly because 65-year-old head coach Rick Adelman (66 in June) isn't thinking long-term. He wants to have a roster capable of making the postseason immediately.