Scoops: June 7

Updated: 06/08/2012 7:52 AM By: Darren Wolfson

Free agent outfielder Jorge Soler (Cuba) held a private workout on Wednesday for scouts and the Twins were represented. Mike Radcliff, Twins VP of player personnel, said he's personally seen Soler a few times. If he were draft-eligible, he likely would've been a top-10 pick. He's free to sign with anyone for any amount before July 2. At that point, the new collective bargaining agreement rules start and he would be handcuffed on his earning potential. In addition to the Twins, the Cubs, Marlins, and Yankees have reportedly expressed interest. One Twins source indicated that he thinks Soler will end up in Chicago.


Twins outfielder Josh Willingham does not have any no-trade clauses in his contract, but that doesn't mean he's going anywhere. The Twins don't want to gain the reputation of signing guys to multi-year deals and immediately moving them.


Twins' No. 1 pick, outfielder Byron Buxton, will fly into the Twin Cities on Monday night and promptly take a physical on Tuesday. He's expected to sign soon and report to the Twins' rookie league team in Fort Myers.


One of many early perks for new Gophers director of athletics Norwood Teague: a new paint job for his Bierman Building corner office. Current AD Joel Maturi will have to vacate next week with Teague's first official day set for Monday, June 18.


There's two major local connections to the Wild's upcoming pursuit of free agent defenseman Ryan Suter: his agent, Neil Sheehy, is based in Minneapolis. In the grand scheme, that gives the Wild NO extra advantage. 

2) Suter's wife is from Bloomington.


While asked via Twitter (@DarrenWolfson) who I think is the one most realistic Wolves addition through free agency or a trade this summer, I said Houston's Kevin Martin. The Rockets are expected to re-sign Courtney Lee, who plays the same position, plus Wolves coach Rick Adelman has always thought highly of Martin from their days together in Sacramento and Houston. Martin has one year left on his contract for approximately $12 million.


The Wolves' front office and coaching staff is in Chicago for the Draft Combine. It's 50/50 whether they keep their first-round pick, No. 18, but if they do, word is they're focusing on big men. Some names: Syracuse's Fab Melo and Illinois' Meyers Leonard. It's also very possible that a wing like Duke's Austin Rivers falls and he's targeted.

It's the story that just won't go away: the Tubby Smith contract extension. A "U" source indicates it'll still get done, but the point of contention remains the buyout after next season. Currently the buyout is $1.5 million. The "U" wants to maintain that number, or even lower it. Tubby's attorney is trying to get it raised.  The "U" just wants to protect itself in case a third consecutive down conference year occurs. The Gophers have finished 6-12 in the Big Ten in each of the last two years.