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Minnesota Twins: Potential Acquisitions and Former Twin Updates 1/12/10

PHOENIX - MAY 25:  Kevin Kouzmanoff #5 of the San Diego Padres stands on deck during the major league baseball game agaisnt the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 25, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Padres defeated the Diamondbacks 9-7.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Jesse L. MedfordContributor IJanuary 12, 2010

Padres third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff is being mentioned in Minnesota Twins' trade scenarios. The Crushin' Russian consistently holds one of the largest strikeout to walk ratios in the majors.

The Twins are also rumored to be in the mix for Los Angeles Dodgers free agent second baseman Orlando Hudson. Hudson is a four time gold glove winner and hit .283 for the Dodgers last season.

Former Minnesota Twin starting pitcher Scott Aldred, was recently inducted into the Greater Flint (MI) Sports Hall of Fame. He was 8-15 in two seasons with the Twins, including 2-10 in 1997. Aldred is currently the pitching coach of the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. 

The Twins released right-handed pitcher Bobby Keppel and signed Clay Condrey, another righty. Condrey has a career 18-12 record with a 4.10 ERA. Keppel immediately signed with the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japanese Pacific League.

The Cleveland Indians signed infielder Mark Grudzielanek to a minor league contract. He played 11 games in the Twins farm system in 2009, before being released.

The New York Mets have signed former Twins knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, 35, to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Dickey was 1-1 with a 4.62 earned run average for the Twins in 2009.

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