FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- It felt like spring training for real on Thursday as the Minnesota Twins held a workout in 70-degree, Florida-like weather.
Two more infielders, Mario Valdez and Jason Maxwell, showed up at the Lee County Sports Complex to take part in the day's drills that included batting practice and other fundamentals. Only Matt Lawton, Robin Jennings and Cleatus Davidson were left to report.
''The guys got lots of swings in, and we did some one-on-one and drills and worked on fundamentals with the outfielders,'' said Twins manager Tom Kelly. ''Until everyone is here and closer to getting into baseball shape, I can't really analyze much more than that.''
The last day for position players to report is Friday, with the first full squad workout scheduled for Saturday.
The pitchers continued to progress since starting drills on Monday, and the focus shifted away from Brad Radke's contract situation and more toward baseball.
Radke, who rejected a three-year contract worth $21 million last week because of the absence of a trade clause, was expected to meet with his agent, Ron Simon, sometime Friday.
Simon arrived in Fort Myers on Wednesday but was not seen at the team's training complex.
With the recent arrival of Ken Griffey Jr. in the National League with the Cincinnati Reds, there are likely to be some teams in the senior circuit keeping a close eye on Radke. Griffey joins fellow home run hitters Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in the NL Central, so strong pitching is at a premium in trades and in free agency.
The Twins, who practiced their first three days in cool weather, open up play in the Grapefruit League next Thursday against the Boston Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. at Hammond Stadium. Boston recently invited former Twin Gary Gaetti to training camp.
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