By La Velle
Alexi Casilla, Matt Macri, Chris Basak, Mariano Gomez and Howie Clark were seen packing their bags, shaking hands and leaving the clubhouse this morning, a sign that they have been cut.
The Twins haven’t officially announced the cuts, but I’ve seen this behavior before so I’m going out on a limb, darn it!!!!!
[9 a.m. update] Cuts are official,but also include right handers Bobby Korecky and Julio DePaula. DePaula, Korecky, Casilla and Macri were optioned to Rochester. Gomez, Basak and Clark were reassinged to the minor league camp.
None of these cuts were surprising. Casilla, however, was in position to at least make a good impression but didn’t. He tried to make fancy plays that backfired on him and he wasn’t much of a threat at the plate.
Macri is an interesting player.He’s got enough size to make you think he can develop some pop. He should play third base at Class AAA Rochester.
Gomez is interesting too. I can see him emerging as a lefty option during the year. And, being from Honduras, I was able to talk to him about soccer. That’s a plus in my book!!!!!
It’s a beautiful day here in Fort Myers, I mean, it could be the best day of spring training. I’ve tried to avoid rubbing the weather down here in your faces, but it’s an exceptional morning in Southwest Florida.
Pirates: 1. McLouth, CF. 2, Luis Rivas, SS. 3. Bay, LF. 4. Nady, RF. 5. Mientkiewicz, 1B. 6. Paulino, C. 7. Walker, 3B. 8. Gomez, 2B. 9. Bixler, DH. Pitcher: Taubenheim.
Twins: 1. Gomez, CF. 2. Mauer, C. 3. Cuddy, RF. 4. Morneau, 1B. 5. Monroe, DH. 6. Lamb, 3B. 7. Harris, 2B, 8. Pridie, LF. 9. Tolbert, SS. Pitching: Bonser.