Rosario's minor-league contract with the Twins doesn't include a contract to major-league spring training, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
With a .273/.306/.473 batting line (94 wRC+) over 1,601 career plate appearances in the majors, Rosario boasts more experience (and MLB success) than most minor-league signings this winter. However, since he lacks defensive value and hasn't posted overly impressive numbers while playing overseas the past three years, Rosario will likely need to prove his worth at Triple-A Rochester or Double-A Pensacola to begin 2019 before he's seriously considered for a promotion back to the big leagues. He'll most likely see most his starts in the Twins organization as a first baseman or designated hitter, as he graded out as one of baseball's worst defensive catchers during his time with the Rockies from 2011 through 2015.
Rosario is expected to agree to a minor-league contract with Minnesota, Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net reports.
Rosario worked out in front of major-league teams near the end of January, and the Twins evidently liked what they saw. The 29-year-old last played in the big leagues during the 2015 season with Colorado, when he slashed .268/.295/.416 with six homers and 29 RBI through 87 games, primarily spent at first base. Rosario figures to begin the 2019 season at Triple-A Rochester but could find himself back in the majors at some point during the year if he impresses early on.
Rosario is scheduled to work out for major-league teams in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday and is hopeful to return to North America for the 2019 season, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
After combining to slug 49 home runs between 2012 and 2013 with the Rockies, Rosario had been one of the top fantasy catchers before defensive shortcomings forced him to transition to first base. Rosario noticed diminished power thereafter that prevented him from sticking around in the big leagues even as a platoon bat, prompting him to find work overseas for the past three seasons. He most recently played with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league in 2018, posting a middling .242/.285/.374 slash line across 302 plate appearances. Set to turn 30 years old in February, Rosario will most likely have to settle for a minor-league deal before getting another look in the majors.
Rosario is close to agreement on a contract to play in Japan, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.
Rosario hit .339/.414/.661 with 37 home runs last season for Hanwha in South Korea and had drawn interest from MLB teams in a possible return to the U.S. However, it looks like he'll stay overseas and move from South Korea to Japan.
Rosario is drawing interest from MLB teams after playing the last two seasons in South Korea, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.
Rosario hit .339/.414/.661 with 37 home runs last season for Hanwha after hitting hit 33 home runs in 2016 with a .961 OPS. MLB teams may be inspired to sign Rosario after Eric Thames' success last season moving from the Korean Baseball Organization to MLB.
Rosario will remain in the KBO after re-signing with the Hanwha Eagles, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
There was a belief as the offseason began that Rosario might ink a deal to return to MLB, but he'll continue to provide pop in the KBO after swatting 33 homers and piling up 120 RBI in 2016.
Rosario is hoping to come back to the MLB after spending a season in the Korean Baseball Organization, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
Rosario raked during his time across the ocean, bashing 33 home runs and driving in 120 runs. Even though the KBO is known for being a hitter-friendly league, the 27-year-old could pose as an intriguing option for any team looking for a right-handed power bat, even if his defensive skills likely will limit him to first base or DH.
Rosario will become a free agent after declining his outright assignment to Triple-A, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Due to poor defensive abilities as a catcher, Rosario was forced to play a platoon role at first base in 2015. However, after playing arguably worse defense at first base, the Rockies opted to end the experiment and designate the 26-year-old for assignment. Rosario will likely sign with another team interested in his offensive prowess, but it remains to be seen if he will earn enough plate appearances to become fantasy relevant once more.
Rosario was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Friday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
With the Rockies opting against playing Rosario behind the plate in 2015, the 26-year-old was relegated to a platoon role at first base, logging 242 plate appearances (94 vs LHP) in 87 games. His defense at first base was arguably even worse than his defense at catcher, and the team ultimately decided to bump him from the 40-man to make room for more promising young players. Perhaps Rosario will draw interest from some AL teams while on waivers.
Wilin Rosario went 2 for 3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run scored in the Rockies' loss to Arizona on Thursday.
Rosario has really fallen out of favor in Denver, but he's always been able to hit. He got the start Thursday because he is batting well over .300 against lefties with an OPS just shy of 1.000 over his last three seasons. If Rosario can find a DH role in the AL next year or an everyday catching job for a team who wants to take a risk, he'd become instantly fantasy relevant.
Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Padres.
Wilin Rosario will take over at first base with left-hander Robbie Erlin toeing the rubber for San Diego. Morneau has fared well since his return earlier this month (.303/.395/.455), but figures to continue sitting whenever the Rockies face a lefty.
Rockies first baseman Wilin Rosario was optioned to Triple-A Alburquerque on Tuesday, MLB.com reports. This is the second time this season Rosario has been demoted to the minors, as he was sent down on at the end of April.
Rosario has posted decent numbers for the Rockies in 2015. He owns a .273 batting average, though he has just five home runs this season.
First baseman Wilin Rosario is in the Rockies' starting lineup at first base on Friday, for the first time since June 28.
Ben Paulsen has gotten the call at first for the last four games. Rosario played DH in the three interleague games over that span. Paulsen is out of the lineup for Friday's game.
Rockies first baseman Wilin Rosario made it five starts in a row with two or more hits Sunday in San Francisco. He added two singles to the total to give him 11 hits in his last 19 at-bats and raise his average to .313, its highest point since May 24.
Rosario is earning increased activity. He has started just 13 of 23 games in June, but also five of the last six.
Rockies first baseman Wilin Rosario continued to enjoy successful trips to the plate against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
Rosario went 3 for 4 with a RBI and a run scored.
In his last three games, Rosario is hitting .636 with seven hits, a double, a home run and three RBI.
Rockies first baseman Wilin Rosario collected his second multi-hit game in the last two games during Wednesday's loss to the Diamondbacks. Rosario finished the game 2 for 4 with one RBI.
Over his last 13 games, Rosario is hitting .219 with one home run, one double and three RBI.
Rockies first baseman Wilin Rosario hit a home run in Tuesday's win over Arizona.
Rosario went 2 for 3 with two runs scored. He snapped an 11-game home run drought, going deep for the first time since June 6.
Rosario now has five home runs and 14 RBI. He added his sixth double of the season.
The Rockies put on an offensive show in their 10-5 win against the Marlins on Saturday.
As a team, the Rockies put 17 hits on the board -- three hits apiece for CF Charlie Blackmon, 2B DJ LeMahieu and 1B Wilin Rosario.
Rosario (4) and RF Carlos Gonzalez (5) both hit home runs, and 3B Nolan Arenado and C Michael Mckenry each hit a triple.
Rockies first baseman Wilin Rosario imposed his will in his team's 10-5 win over the Marlins on Saturday.
Rosario went 3 for 5 with two home runs and three RBI in the win.
For the season, Rosario is hitting .311/.326/.522 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 90 at-bats.
Rockies first baseman Wilin Rosario is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds. This marks the third time in the last four games that Rosario has sat out, as he's been sharing time at first base with Ben Paulsen.
Rosario continues to hit well this season, however, as he has nine hits in his last 28 at-bats. Paulsen will draw the start at first base and bat sixth on Tuesday.
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