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Twins' Charlie Barnes: Outrighted to Triple-A
Barnes cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A St. Paul on Wednesday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Barnes was designated for assignment by the Twins on Friday, but he'll remain in the organization. The southpaw made 16 starts in St. Paul last year and logged a 3.79 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 76 innings. However, it wouldn't be surprising to see him in the mix for a major-league roster spot in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Jake Cave: Avoids arbitration with Twins
Cave agreed to a one-year, $800,000 deal with the Twins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Darren Wolfson of Channel 5 Saint Paul reports.
This was his first year as an arbitration-eligible player, and this is one of the lower dollar figures a player will accept in the arbitration process. Cave, who turns 29 in a couple weeks, hit .202/.263/.332 with seven home runs in 118 games over the last two seasons.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Kyle Garlick: Outrighted to Triple-A
Garlick (groin) was outrighted to Triple-A St. Paul on Friday.
Garlick hit .232/.280/.465 in 36 games for the Twins in 2021, a lopsided line that was good for a roughly average 99 wRC+. He hit the injured list in early June with a sports hernia and wound up undergoing season-ending surgery.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Devin Smeltzer: Outrighted to Triple-A
Smeltzer (elbow) was outrighted to Triple-A St. Paul on Friday.
Smeltzer sustained an elbow injury in May of 2021 and missed the remainder of the season as a result. It's not yet clear whether he'll be ready for spring training in 2022, but he'll now lose his spot on the 40-man roster.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Chris Vallimont: Protected from Rule 5 draft
Vallimont was added to the Twins' 40-man roster Friday.
The 24-year-old righty's future likely lies in the bullpen, as he walked 61 batters in 91 innings at Double-A last season. While he has logged some high strikeout rates in the minors, Vallimont doesn't have typical ninth-inning stuff.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Cole Sands: Shielded from Rule 5 draft
Sands' contract was selected by Minnesota on Friday.
Sands missed just over a month in 2021 due to an undisclosed injury, but he returned to close out the season. He logged a 2.46 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 80.1 innings across 19 appearances (18 starts) and will now be protected from the Rule 5 draft.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Josh Winder: Added to 40-man roster
Winder (shoulder) was added to the Twins' 40-man roster Friday.
Despite finishing the season shut down due to shoulder fatigue, Winder is an intriguing prospect to watch in 2022. He could make his big-league debut at some point next season after dominating Double-A (1.98 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 65:10 K:BB in 54.2 IP) and making four starts at Triple-A.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Designated for assignment
Astudillo was designated for assignment Friday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Astudillo is a fan favorite with a very unique statistical profile, possessing a career 4.7 percent strikeout rate and a 1.9 percent walk rate. He posted impressive small-sample numbers in his debut in 2018 but hasn't done much since then, hitting .254/.278/.382 across 139 games. That line doesn't work even for a player who's nominally a catcher, and Astudillo's poor defense at that spot meant he only started 25 games behind the plate over the last three years.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Blayne Enlow: Added to 40-man roster
Enlow (elbow) had his contract selected by the Twins on Friday.
Enlow made three starts at High-A Cedar Rapids to begin the 2021 campaign but exhibited decreased velocity in late May and underwent Tommy John surgery in early June. He'll miss the start of the 2022 campaign following his procedure, but he'll be protected from the Rule 5 draft after he was added to the 40-man roster.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Jose Miranda: Shielded from Rule 5 draft
Miranda was added to the Twins' 40-man roster Friday.
As Miranda was one of the most statistically impressive hitters in the minors last season, his protection from the Rule 5 draft was a cinch. He hit .343/.397/.563 with 17 home runs in 80 games at Triple-A and appears to be big-league ready. Miranda can play second base and third base and could also get some looks at designated hitter in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Royce Lewis: Protected from Rule 5 draft
Lewis (knee) was added to the Twins' 40-man roster Friday.
A foregone conclusion, Lewis was protected from the Rule 5 draft. He missed the entire 2021 season after suffering a torn ACL in February. Lewis should be ready for spring training and 2022 represents an important season for him, especially now that he is on the 40-man roster. He will likely be assigned to Triple-A, where he could spend most of the season as he looks to re-establish himself as a big part of Minnesota's future.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Charlie Barnes: Designated for assignment
Barnes was designated for assignment by the Twins on Friday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Barnes made his major-league debut during the 2021 campaign and recorded a 5.92 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 38 innings across nine appearances (eight starts) with the Twins. He'll now lose his spot on the 40-man roster to make room for several prospects who will be protected from the Rule 5 draft.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Rob Refsnyder: Outrighted by Minnesota
Refsnyder (elbow) was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster Friday.
Refsnyder appeared in 51 games for the Twins in 2021 and hit .245/.325/.338 with two homers, 12 RBI and 21 runs. He finished the season on the injured list with a right elbow impingement and also missed nearly two months earlier in the year with a hamstring strain.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Jharel Cotton: Joining Twins
Cotton was claimed off waivers by the Twins on Friday.
Cotton spent 2021 with the Rangers and posted a 3.52 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 30:15 K:BB over 30.2 innings, but he was recently placed on outright waivers. The 29-year-old could earn a spot in Minnesota's bullpen with a strong showing in spring training.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Colome: Becomes free agent
Minnesota have declined their mutual option in Colome's contract and will buy out his 2022 contract for $1.25 million, making him a free agent, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Had both sides elected the option, Colome would have made $5.5 million in 2022. Colome was signed to shore up the back end of the bullpen, but he lost the closer job after an awful April where he blew three of six save chances and had a 8.31 ERA. He improved in the second half of the season and regained the closer role in September. However, the Twins decided to move on even though his option wasn't too expensive for a veteran closer/set-up man.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Nick Vincent: Removed from 40-man roster
Vincent was outrighted to Triple-A St. Paul on Friday, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Vincent inked a minor-league deal with the Twins over the summer and finished the season in the big-league bullpen. He was already set to hit free agency this offseason, so his removal from the 40-man roster is just a procedural move for Minnesota. The 35-year-old made seven major-league appearances and gave up one run in 12.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Drew Maggi: Off 40-man roster
Maggi was outrighted to Triple-A St. Paul on Friday, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Maggi had a brief stint on the Twins' roster in mid-September but didn't make his big-league debut. The 32-year-old spent the rest of the year with St. Paul and hit .252/.354/.456 with 16 homers, 50 RBI, 59 runs and 12 stolen bases in 95 games.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Ian Gibaut: Removed from 40-man roster
Gibaut was outrighted to Triple-A St. Paul on Friday, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Gibaut had his contract selected in late August but spent the final weeks of the season at Triple-A, and he's now been removed from the 40-man roster. The right-hander appeared in only three games for the Twins and spent most of the year at St. Paul, where he posted a 6.80 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 54:21 K:BB across 45 innings.... See More ... See Less