Report: Twins, Tribe working on a trade

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MINNEAPOLIS - A trade of Minnesota Twins second baseman Chuck Knoblauch to Cleveland is imminent, a newspaper reported today. All of the players in the deal had not been determined, but sources told the Saint Paul Pioneer Press that Cleveland is considering sending right-handed pitchers Chad Ogea and Steve Karsay to the Twins along with outfielder-designated hitter Brian Giles, a left-hander, and infield prospect Enrique Wilson. "We would like to get something done soon," Twins general manager Terry Ryan confirmed Sunday. "All of a sudden, we're making plans for spring training. For everyone involved, it would be wise to get something done before spring training. If a team is interested, it's time to step up." Knoblauch, a career .304 hitter, and his agent, Alan Hendricks, have been adamant in their request that a deal be completed before spring training. The deal with Cleveland was still being discussed, and it was unclear how many players the Twins would get. Indications were it would take at least four players for the Indians to get Knoblauch. The Twins also have been trying to finagle Sean Casey from the Indians, who so far have made it clear Casey won't be traded. Other players who have been discussed are Cleveland right-handers Bartolo Colon and Charles Nagy, third-base prospect Russell Branyan and first-base prospect Richie Sexson.

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