Scoops: May 31 Edition

Updated: 05/31/2012 2:22 PM KSTP.com By: Darren Wolfson

While there was some trepidation from the Indians front office, Twins outfielder Josh Willingham nearly made his home ballpark Progressive Field. Cleveland had short and long-term fears about Willingham's ability to play in the outfield, but did offer him a two-year/$14M deal. The Twins were able to secure his services when they added a third year.

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With the MLB Draft starting on Monday, word is the Twins would love to get Stanford pitcher Mark Appel at No. 2. The issue is the Astros, who pick No. 1, are said to love Appel.

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Don't be surprised if the Twins take Rochester Century HS pitcher Mitch Brown with pick No. 32 or No. 42.

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An NHL source said to not discount the possibility of Wild GM Chuck Fletcher giving up an asset for the negotiating rights to Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter. Another source said the Predators are prepared to offer him a 6-year/$48M deal, but that Suter will likely decline and test the market. In addition to the Wild, Detroit and Philadelphia are expected to chase the best defenseman available.

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As first mentioned by 1500 ESPN's Joe Anderson, Fletcher confirmed that he gave the front office employees a passionate speech following the season. His main message: he's all-in on this summer. In other words, whether it's signing Suter and Zach Parise, or a major trade, some big move is coming... and that very easily could be made plural.

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Former Timberwolves assistant general manager Tony Ronzone has taken a scouting job with the Mavericks.

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Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn and director of personnel R.J. Adelman were in Spain last week scouting. Among the players they paid close attention to is center Paul Davis (Michigan State). He played two years for the Clippers -- 2006-2008.

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New Gophers director of athletics Norwood Teague met with associate ADs last week while he was in town for two days. On background, one said the gathering went very well. Teague continues to make very good first impressions.

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The Gophers men's basketball team will begin summer workouts on June 15. A new NCAA rule allows coaches to work with their players for two hours per week as long as they're enrolled in summer school...  the whole team is.