This news, of course, is bad news for the A's who have to face these two divisional rivals 19 times apiece each year.
And it's doubly-bad news for this reason:
The loss of Guardado means the Twins have lost their top two relievers, LaTroy Hawkins to the Chicago Cubs and now Guardado, to free agency in the span of a week. They have some money now, though, to sign a free agent closer or acquire one in a trade. They expect to actively pursue that at the winter meetings this weekend.
As a reminder, the A's are trying to re-sign their own closer (Keith Foulke), and Boston is trying to steal him away. What are the odds that the A's win a bidding war against Boston? Not good. What are the odds that the A's win a bidding war against Boston and Minnesota? Even Worse.