LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- While the retirement
door hasn't closed completely on Brad Radke, the Minnesota
Twins know they can only keep their foot in the crack for so long.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed Wednesday that the team
still is in talks with the veteran right-hander, who is expected
to retire after 12 seasons with the Twins.
"We've all said, [we hope he stays] one more year," Gardenhire
said. "Brad has pretty much done what he had to do in the game,
I think. And until he makes his official announcement in front
of you guys, we still got options with him. We are still
talking, but it doesn't look very good, let's put it that way."
Radke went 12-9 with a 4.32 ERA in 28 starts this past year. He
suffered a stress fracture of the glenoid in his throwing
shoulder in late August but returned to the AL Central champions
in the final weeks of the regular season.
A 20-game winner in 1997 and an All-Star the following year,
Radke owns a career record of 148-139 with a 4.22 ERA in 378
games, all but one as a starter. He has pitched at least 200
innings in nine of his 12 seasons with the Twins.