Released by the Rangers just days before the 2016 season began, Drew Stubbs inked a minor league contract with the Braves and ended up making their 25-man roster as an outfield reserve. He appeared in 20 games but was designated for assignment in early May. He was brought back by the Rangers but played only sparingly as a toe sprain landed him on the 60-day disabled list. The 31-year-old completed the DFA hat trick when he was again designated for assignment after the Rangers signed Carlos Gomez. The Orioles took a chance on Stubbs and he appeared in 20 games at the close of the season, operating mostly as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement. His total 2016 performance between the three clubs was very pedestrian, as he finished with a .225/.330/.338 slash line and struck out in over 40 percent of his plate appearances. Stubbs signed with the Twins on a minor league contract in February, but his days of fantasy relevance are probably behind him.
With Denard Span (shoulder) in danger of landing on the disabled list, Stubbs would be the favorite to take his place on the roster, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. The 32-year-old is having a strong start to the season with Triple-A Sacramento, slashing .265/.375/.471 with two home runs and a steal in 40 plate appearances. Stubbs has always possessed a fantasy-friendly skill set, so he could enter the equation as a short-term option in deep leagues if he does get the call to the majors.
Stubbs agreed to a minor-league contract with the Giants on Wednesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. With Mac Williamson (quadriceps) and Mike Morse (hamstring) out with injuries, the Giants are lighter than expected on outfield depth. He'll head to extended spring training before he likely heads to Triple-A Sacramento, though he could see some time in the majors at some point in 2017. Stubbs was released by the Twins after struggling in spring training, and he is coming off a year where he slashed .225/.330/.338 with three different major-league teams.
Stubbs exercised the opt-out clause in his contract Sunday and will officially become a free agent, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Pioneer Press reports. After being informed that he wouldn't be making the Twins' 25-man roster, Stubbs will explore opportunities elsewhere. Stubbs shouldn't have trouble landing a minor-league deal with another organization, but may have to prove himself at the Triple-A level before getting a call to the majors.
Stubbs has been told he won't make Minnesota's 25-man roster, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. It's not clear if he'll try to sign with another organization or report to Minnesota's Triple-A club.
Stubbs went 1-for-1 with two walks in Monday's spring training win over Miami. He's competing for a reserve outfielder role. "He's a veteran guy, he's had some numbers. He's got an opportunity here," manager Paul Molitor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Stubbs hit just .225 with a .667 OPS last season with three different MLB teams. He's likely a long shot to win a reserve outfield role, but it's possible that the new Twins management may not be totally committed to Robbie Grossman as the fourth outfielder.