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Updated: December 14th, 2011 1:59pm
Role still being finalized, but Bill Smith likely returning to Twins

Role still being finalized, but Bill Smith likely returning to Twins

by Phil Mackey
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Former general manager Bill Smith appears to have rejoined the Minnesota Twins' organization.

According to team officials, the Twins and Smith are in the process of finalizing the details of his new role, which will likely be titled Special Assistant to the President and GM. Smith is expected to oversee the Twins' Latin America development as well as future plans for the Twins' spring training facility -- the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers.

Smith, who has been with the organization since 1986, was replaced by Terry Ryan on Nov. 7 after a four-year stint as GM, but the Twins kept the door open for him to rejoin the organization in a different capacity.

Despite crashing to a 99-loss season in 2011, the Twins held a 332-318 (.511) record under Smith's GM reign.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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