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Report: Yanks Still Want Knoblauch

January 27, 1998

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ The New York Yankees have resumed their pursuit of Twins second baseman Chuck Knoblauch, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

The Times report came a day after the Saint Paul Pioneer Press reported the Twins were close to dealing the All-Star to the Cleveland Indians.

Twins spokesman Sean Harlin said Tuesday that the team wants to trade Knoblauch before spring training starts, but both reports were speculative.

Knoblauch’s agent, Alan Hendricks, was traveling Tuesday and did not immediately return a phone call to his office. Twins general manager Terry Ryan did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press.

Although the Yankees were hesitant earlier to release the two players the Twins expressed interest in, pitcher Eric Milton and outfielder Ricky Ledee, the Yankees may have to change their minds after an attempt to get pitcher Randy Johnson from Seattle stalled, the Times said.

But the Pioneer Press said phone calls Monday between the Twins and Yankees did not put them any closer to a deal.

Knoblauch, who will earn $6 million for each of the next four years, would make an expensive trade.

The Pioneer Press reported that Cleveland offered right-handers Chad Ogea and Steve Karsay and infielder Enrique Wilson to the Twins, who have asked for a four- or five-player deal for Knoblauch.

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