Notebook: Arraez to LF?
Image courtesy of Bruce Kluckhohn - USA Today SportsToday, Luis Arraez had his first availability for Twin Cities media ahead of spring training. Arraez may have given a hint of the Twins initial plans for his position in his opening press Zoom call.
With Alex Kirilloff likely starting the year in the minors to suppress service time, Arraez may see time in left field, along with Jake Cave, and Brent Rooker. This is hardly surprising, the Twins will look to get a bat projected to win the AL batting title into the lineup at every opportunity.
Additionally, Arraez indicated that he is fully healthy after struggling with knee issues in 2020.
What do you think of Arraez in left field?
Hamilton Clear Waivers
The Twins sneaked Ian Hamilton through waivers Tuesday, and have now added Brandon Waddell and Hamilton as additional upside relief depth. Hamilton will remain with the team as a non-roster invite to spring training. I’d expect to see him in St. Paul and Minneapolis this summer. It’s an interesting strategy to add organizational depth after exhausting payroll budget. While these moves may seem insignificant now, depth is clearly a point of emphasis in all aspects of the roster and organization after a shortened 2020 season.
Twins Twitter Rages over Offseason Efficacy
On an otherwise slow news day, Twins twitter debated the quality of the Twins offseason.
At best I think it’s hard to convincingly argue that the Twins roster has taken a step back from last year. The 2020 squad was decimated by injuries. As a result, the 2021 squad is deeper. The front office has produced another playoff caliber team. How the team takes advantage of that, or not, is why we watch the games.
Where do you land on the Twins offseason, assuming they’ve wrapped up major moves. Do you think they improved, held serve, or regressed? What does the roster still lack?
Here’s a roundup of transactions from around the league on Tuesday:
The Mets signed Kevin Pillar to a deal worth $3.6 MM this year and a complex combination of player and club options.
The Brewers signed Brett Anderson to a 1 year, $2.5 MM deal
The Pirates signed Tyler Anderson to a 1 year, $2,5 MM deal.
The Dodgers traded RHP Josh Sborz to the Rangers for RHP Jhan Zambrano
The Nationals signed T.J. McFarland to a MiLB deal.
The Reds signed Cam Bedrosian to a MiLB deal.
The Dodgers signed Matt Davidson to a MiLB deal.
The Phillies signed Jeff Mathis to a MiLB deal
The Yankees signed Robinson Chirinos to a MiLB deal
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