Oswaldo Arcia having roster issues in Venezuela
According to a tweet from Wilmer Reina, a sports journalist out of Venezuela, says that the Twins and the Venezuelan league Aguilas del Zulia are at odds over the former's addition of Oswaldo Arcia to their roster.
Arcia had spent the year with the Aragua Tigers, hitting .262 with 8 home runs. However, once they were eliminated from the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League playoffs, teams are able to draft reinforcements during their round-robin playoffs. The Aguilas selected Arcia with the second pick.
For whatever the reason, the Twins organization has an issue with Arcia continuing his winter league play or playing particularly for Aguilas. With the Venezuelan playoffs starting tonight, Arcia will not be on the field with the Aguilas until this is resolved.
UPDATE: Brad Steil, the Twins Director of Minor League Operations, said in an email that the Twins have no involvement in Arcia's decision at this point. So any decision to play or not to play the remainder of the winter is coming from Arcia's camp.
UPDATE #2: Arcia informs journalist Victor Gomez that he will report to the Augilas next week -- he wanted to spend time with his family. In the report, Arcia maintains that it was the Twins who did not want him to play in the round robin. Interesting and odd.