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2021/22 Minor League Signings


Seth Stohs
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DANIEL PALKA is still playing and signed a minor league deal with the Mets. The Twins traded Chris Herrmann for him in the winter of 2015. Had a couple of decent minor league seasons, then a waiver claim by the White Sox for 2018, and he had a shining year (with too many strikeouts) before becoming a minor league regular.

 

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/12/mets-daniel-palka-agree-to-minor-league-contract.html

 

 

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TOMAS TELIS has signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers. He was a possible go-to catcher at AAA for the Twins the past two seasons.

 

He actually did get the call as a COVID replacement player for a very brief moment, officially on the Twins 26-man roster in 2021. No at bats.

 

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CHRIS MAZZA, who was traded by the Red Sox to the Ray alst seasons, has a minor league contract with them for 2022. His third team in three years, Mazza was a Twins signee in 2011 and was released in 2015, signing with the Marlins organization. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/01/rays-re-sign-chris-mazza.html

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On 1/8/2022 at 8:12 PM, Rosterman said:

CHRIS MAZZA, who was traded by the Red Sox to the Ray alst seasons, has a minor league contract with them for 2022. His third team in three years, Mazza was a Twins signee in 2011 and was released in 2015, signing with the Marlins organization. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/01/rays-re-sign-chris-mazza.html

Great dude! Great story... fun to see him continue to get opportunities in the AL East. 

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On 1/8/2022 at 8:11 PM, Rosterman said:

The Twins are bringing back Orlando Rodriguez for another look in 2022. He was signed as a free agent out of Indy Ball last season. https://www.milb.com/player/orlando-rodriguez-689620

 

This one surprised me because they basically shut him down late in the season because he was struggling so much... but good for him. Another opportunity. 

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The Twins resigned former minor league free agent pitchers Bobby Milacki and Matt Mullenbach to minor league contracts. Both pitched at Ft. Myers last season.

 

Pitchers Wladimir Pinto ws signed out of the Tigers organization, and Mario Sanchez out of the Nationals. Both pitched at both AA/AAA ball last season.

 

Catcher Dennis Ortega was signed out of the Cardinals organziation. He caught at AAA ball. Outfielder Kennie Taylor played at three levels A/A+/AAA for the Mets/Mariners last season.

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On 12/10/2021 at 5:18 PM, nicksaviking said:

So aside from getting the stink eye from the other owners at the next MLB owners' social function, is there anything stopping a team from signing a big name free agent, who only plans on taking a one year deal anyway, to a uniquely large MiLB contract with an Non Roster Invitation and an opt out clause that coincides with the Opening Day? Is the only thing stopping this the risk to the player, who'd have to trust the organization (that just backstabbed the other 29 organizations), or is there another mechanism from stopping this from happening?

I mean, not only would you get the player, but he'd have an extra roster spot until Opening Day.

 

I like the idea, but I think it has to do with their status at the end of this last season.  For example, Dirty Sox wanted to hire/sign Adam Eaton as a coach since he retired after the season.  However, since he was technically an active player at the end of the season, he is covered by the same rules as signing a player currently in effect (or so I read I believe 🤷‍♂️) and is unable to be hired as a coach until a new CBA is in effect.

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Twins signed free agent Elijah Greene, once of the Angels and last sumemr of the Diamondbacks. The outfielder was put on the Cedar Rapids roster.

 

Not to be confused with Eiljah Green.

 

Former Twins catcher Juan Centeno signs a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks.

 

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/01/diamondbacks-sign-juan-centeno-catcher.html

 

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