Benson was released by the Twins on Thursday, Seth Stohs of TwinsDaily.com reports. Benson was reassigned to minor league camp earlier this month, but the Twins apparently regarded him as expendable enough to release him entirely. Benson has been a mediocre hitter in the minors in recent seasons and hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011, both of which hurt his chances of getting signed by another organization.
Benson was reassigned to Minnesota's minor league camp. Benson was once one of the top prospects in the Minnesota system, but he never stuck in the majors. He played just 21 games with the Twins in 2011 and hasn't been back since. He'll likely add depth at Triple-A Rochester.
Benson signed a minor league contract with Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Benson was once one of the top prospects in the Minnesota system, but he never stuck in the majors. He played just 21 games with the Twins in 2010 and hasn't been back since. He split last season between Triple-A and Double-A and independent baseball and had a .667 OPS for Triple-A and .738 at Double-A. He's a long shot to reach the majors with the Twins again given a surplus of talent in the outifeld and will likely just add depth in the minors.
The Braves have released center fielder Joe Benson and veteran right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, both of whom had been playing for Triple-A Gwinnett. The 35-year-old Wang had not pitched in the major leagues since 2013. He posted miserable numbers this season, the most disturbing of which was 96 hits allowed in 62 innings, which explains his 6.10 ERA. Benson has not participated in a major league game since 2011.
The Braves trimmed their roster by sending two outfielders to Triple-A Gwinnett, the team announced on Saturday. Outfielder Todd Cunningham was optioned to the minor-league affiliate. Cunningham hit .333 with six RBI in spring games for the Braves. The Braves also reassigned Joe Benson to Gwinnett. Benson hit .239 with two RBI.