* An environmental impact study reports that there will be a lot of downtown traffic congestion after games once the new ballpark opens in three years. Shocking, isn't it? The report also states that, contrary to popular complaint, game-goers at the new stadium will not be affected by the odor of the nearby garbage incinerator.
* Johan Santana says he won't let ongoing contract negotations with the team distract him from doing his job. I recently expressed my doubts about the Twins' ability to keep Santana beyond the 2008 season, noting it would probably be in the team's best interest to deal him next year and get something in return rather than lose him to free agency. Santana's agent, Peter Greenberg, makes it sound like Santana won't be around past the end of his contract unless Terry Ryan and the Twins can work out an extension this year:
"If the team really wants to retain him they're probably going to have to do something soon," said Greenberg, who added that it would be unlikely for his client to seek an extension in the final year of his deal with free agency approaching.* Ruben Sierra lives! The 41-year-old outfielder, who hit .179/.273/.219 in 28 at-bats for the Twins last year, signed a minor-league contract with the Mets yesterday.
* If you didn't get a chance to read it yesterday, make sure to go check out Seth Stohs' Q&A piece with Mike Radcliff, the Twins' scouting director. Radcliff is very frank in some of his prospect assessments, which was refreshing since I'm so used to the Twins organization's general "mum's the word" attitude on just about everything.
* One of my favorite Twins bloggers is Mr. Baseball No. 1, who runs the Twins Without Spin blog. After taking a few months off, Mr. B has his site back up and running, and it even has a slick new look. Make sure to add it to your daily reading list.