FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- The second day of spring training for the Twins saw three more position players trickle into the clubhouse, while the pitchers and catchers finished another solid workout under the sun.
Recent acquisition Butch Huskey reported to training camp Tuesday but did not work out with the team. Infielder Dan Cey, son of former Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Ron Cey, and first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz also arrived.
The rest of the team's position players are required to report by Friday. The first full squad practice is scheduled for Saturday.
Huskey, 29, was left without a contract and granted free agency by the Boston Red Sox after joining the team in a trade with Seattle last July.
''But people say that's baseball, and you just have to be able to pick up and move on, which I've been doing my whole career,'' Huskey said.
The outfielder/designated hitter hit .266 in 45 games for the Red Sox and helped spark their run to the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees. He belted seven home runs and had 28 RBIs, but with the addition of outfielder Carl Everett from Houston, the Red Sox felt he would have a tough time competing for a starting job.
The Twins signed Huskey to a minor league contract Jan. 31 and invited him to spring training.
''We were looking for some right-handed producers, and that was one of our concerns heading into the winter,'' Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. ''I'm anxious to see what he can do and what he can provide for us.''
Ryan says he expects to talk again with Radke's agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- For Minnesota Twins players practicing at spring training under sunny Florida skies, the only cloud hanging over them was uncertainty over the status of staff ace Brad Radke.
The right-hander's agent, Ron Simon, was expected to arrive in town today.
''I'm thinking that we will talk sometime, but nothing official has been set,'' Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday.
''I did receive a fax from him this morning that just reiterated what he and I talked about on Saturday, which was basically that all negotiations would be off if we didn't adhere to the trade option he was asking for in the contract,'' Ryan said.
Simon wants to include a contract clause that would allow Radke to seek a trade after one or two seasons.
Ryan said Simon set a deadline of last Sunday for talks to cease.
''For now, we'll just continue to go about our business and he'll go about his business, which is how it should be during spring training,'' Ryan said. ''But hopefully we can get together and talk about this again.''
No timetable on Sosa
MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- With two years to go on Sammy Sosa's existing contract, the Chicago Cubs have no timetable for working out a new deal with their star right fielder.
After two seasons with 60-plus homers, Sosa won't come cheap. He said last season it would be a good time for the Cubs to lock him up with a new deal.
''I've had discussions of a preliminary basis with Adam (Katz, Sosa's agent), which you couldn't help but do because there has been so much attention paid to it,'' Cubs president Andy MacPhail said Tuesday.
''You make a deal when you think it is in your best interest, and they'll do the same. It's way premature. Our first choice obviously is to try to keep Sammy Sosa a Cub. I think that's his first choice. He's been a terrific player. "
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