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Twins Sign Infielder Ronald Torreyes

The Minnesota Twins announced the signing of infielder Ronald Torreyes to a Major League contract. Jon Heyman has reported that the deal is believed to be for about $800,000.

The former Yankees and Dodgers utility man puts the Twins at 39 on their 40-man roster.
Image courtesy of Brad Penner, ,USA Today
Torreyes is a 26-year-old from Venezuela who spent most of the last three seasons with the New York Yankees. The utility infielder is diminutive in stature, but he has a good glove around the infield.

Torreyes spent eight games with the Dodgers in 2015.

In late November, the Yankees DFAd Ronald Torreyes, and two days later, they traded him to the Cubs for cash or a PTBNL. They DFAd him two days later.

With Ken Rosenthal reporting that the Twins are working on a one-year $7 million deal with Jonathan Schoop, Torreyes will likely compete with Ehire Adrianza for utility infield time around the field.

In 229 career games, Torreyes has hit .281 with 30 doubles, six triples and four home runs.

Quick Update from Dan Hayes. The fact that it is a split-contract and he has a minor league option remaining makes it make a lot more sense.



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SF Twins Fan
Dec 06 2018 04:08 PM

I don't understand signing Torres to a major league contract.

    • Mike Sixel, Twins33, Homer Hanky and 3 others like this

I had hoped to have some really meaty transactions to mull over for the Twins this year, but Cron, Schoop, and Torreyes have not moved the meter.I wish them all luck, but I wonder how much has Cron improved us over Austin?How much better is Torreyes than Adrianza?Is Schoop the player we need?Schoop's fielding is replacement level according to what I saw on Baseball Reference, his hitting is not.Now we will continue to have Polanco at SS which is certainly not the best fielding situation.How strong are we in the middle with these two playing there?  

 

So far we are filling the roster, but have we improved?How many wins will these player give us?

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Post-Concussive Blues
Dec 06 2018 04:18 PM
Is this some kind of split contract? Or do we cut Adrianza if he doesn’t look great in the Spring?

HOT STOVE!

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HOT STOVE!


Still warm to the touch, but it's getting there!

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operation mindcrime
Dec 06 2018 04:32 PM
This is dumpster diving at its finest! With that being said I have no issue with this move!

I have no issue with any of the moves.

 

But it does show that the Twins aren't going after the big-big money players, and if I must say, still looking hard at what they do have. Be interesting to see the arbitration settlements with the likes of Sano and Buxton and if they do extend Berrios and Rosario.

 

Yes, they can still add a bullpen arm.

 

They might pull off a trade.

 

I hate to see them just jettison players from the current 40-man with nothing received in return. But we will see.

 

Hope they don't see the need for a Rule 5, especially a bullpen arm.

 

Will the Twins break $90 million in salary?

 

Will anyone go to TwinsFest?

 

 

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I will have to research him more before I can make a fair assessment. But he provides seeming depth and competition. That's a good thing. And we also need that depth at Rochester.

On the surface, I'm OK with this signing.
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Got excited to see the name Schoop! The other guy haven't heard of.

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Winston Smith
Dec 06 2018 05:20 PM

Dan Hayes reports the Torreyes contract in a split ML/MinL contract and he has one more option year.

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ChrisKnutson
Dec 06 2018 05:52 PM
Even though I’m extremely underwhelmed/disappointed, at the very least, I’m happy that the Twins gained 2-3 possible trade candidates for next year’s deadline.
1. C Garver
2. DH Cron
3. LF Rosario
4. CF Buxton
5. RF Cave
6. 3B Sano
7. SS Polanco
8. 2B Schoop
9. 1B Austin
-- Bench --
10. OF Kepler
11. C Castro
12. IF Adrianza

I understand he has an option remaining, but we signed Torreyes to an mlb contract despite not having a roster spot for him? Also, Castro is bad; need to trade him and let Astudillo have his spot.
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Seems like a good deal to me. Last year we had zero depth at AAA when it came to infielders, now they have another body there who should hit better than Motter and Petit. He's got a high batting average but an awful OBP, this dude never walks. He ranked 32nd out of 82 guys who played at least 100 innings at 2B according to UZR. DRS has him 21st/82. So he's good defensively, mediocre bat, only 26 years old...I'd just rather keep him at AAA, but we'll probably need him at some point due to injuries.

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Tom Froemming
Dec 06 2018 07:13 PM

This one doesn't make any sense to me. I'd waaaay rather just have a guy like Gregorio Petit on a minors deal and one more open spot on the 40-man roster.

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I don't understand signing Torres to a major league contract.

 

They didn't

 

 

This one doesn't make any sense to me. I'd waaaay rather just have a guy like Gregorio Petit on a minors deal and one more open spot on the 40-man roster.

 

You do have an open spot on the 40-man roster.He is not on it. After he was DFA'd he became a free agent and signed a minor league contract

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Tom Froemming
Dec 06 2018 07:47 PM

 

You do have an open spot on the 40-man roster.He is not on it. After he was DFA'd he became a free agent and signed a minor league contract

Wrong. He's on the 40 man, it's a split major league contract, meaning he'll make less money during the time he's in the minors than he will during the time he's in the majors.

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I have no issue with any of the moves.

 

But it does show that the Twins aren't going after the big-big money players, and if I must say, still looking hard at what they do have. Be interesting to see the arbitration settlements with the likes of Sano and Buxton and if they do extend Berrios and Rosario.

 

Yes, they can still add a bullpen arm.

 

They might pull off a trade.

 

I hate to see them just jettison players from the current 40-man with nothing received in return. But we will see.

 

Hope they don't see the need for a Rule 5, especially a bullpen arm.

 

Will the Twins break $90 million in salary?

 

Will anyone go to TwinsFest?

 

It doesn't show anything... These are individual moves and doesn't stop the Twins from doing more moves. I'm not saying they will do a ton more, but they will certainly do more. 

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I will have to research him more before I can make a fair assessment. But he provides seeming depth and competition. That's a good thing. And we also need that depth at Rochester.

On the surface, I'm OK with this signing.

 

I was pretty mesh about the Torreyes signing initially ,but when Dan Hayes tweeted that it was a split deal and he has an option remaining, I like it. He has an option left, so he could go down. He could compete with Adrianza for a utility infield job in 2019, and if he wins, Adrianza's contract isn't guaranteed. Also, one more year of Adrianza as a utility guy might make him a $2 million guy, in which case they can non-tender him and Torreyes does the same job in 2020 or $1.2 million instead. Also, Torreyes has hit a bit in the big leagues too, so there's certainly some talent there. 

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Wrong. He's on the 40 man, it's a split major league contract, meaning he'll make less money during the time he's in the minors than he will during the time he's in the majors.

 

Alright.Looks like he is.

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Tom Froemming
Dec 06 2018 08:33 PM

 

If he were on the 40-man, with the Schoop addition, the roster would be at 41...

He's listed on the 40 man at the team's site, and I count 40 guys on there. Did you forget to subtract Grossman?

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Signing Torreyes with Adrianza on the roster suddenly makes me feel a little better about Cron and Austin on the roster. 

 

My guess is that the boys are acquiring talent and setting up options. Nothing is in stone. 

 

I'm absolutely OK with that. 

 

 

Umm... Well. 

 

Unless I'm wrong

    • Sconnie, DocBauer, gagu and 1 other like this

I have no issue with any of the moves.

But it does show that the Twins aren't going after the big-big money players, and if I must say, still looking hard at what they do have. Be interesting to see the arbitration settlements with the likes of Sano and Buxton and if they do extend Berrios and Rosario.

Yes, they can still add a bullpen arm.

They might pull off a trade.

I hate to see them just jettison players from the current 40-man with nothing received in return. But we will see.

Hope they don't see the need for a Rule 5, especially a bullpen arm.

Will the Twins break $90 million in salary?

Will anyone go to TwinsFest?

it shows that the Twins have made moves to fill out the infield. There’s still more work to be done, hopefully 2-3 pitchers and maybe an outfielder with a big stick
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ashburyjohn
Dec 06 2018 09:29 PM
We now have 19 batters and only 21 pitchers on the roster. I found it so strange the past year or two running with 24 or 25 arms and barely enough bats for just the 25-man roster.
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SF Twins Fan
Dec 06 2018 09:43 PM

 

They didn't

 

 

You might want to get your facts straight. He's on the 40 man roster.

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