By La Velle
A couple things for you this afternoon:
The Twins have signed a few minor league free agents.
Outfielder Luis Matos is a former top Orioles prospect who spent last season playing in Mexico.
Righthander Bob Keppel is a former Mets first round pick who has spent some time with the Royals and Rockies.
Lefthander Sean Henn was drafted by the Yankees and spent some time with the Padres last season. Has a big arm but hasn’t figured it out. It will be interesting to see what Rochester pitching coach Bobby Cuellar gets out of him.
Finally, there’s outfielder Joe Gaetti, the G-Man’s kid. The Twins acquired him from Oakland in August and sent him to Class AA New Britain. He homered in his first at-bat for the Rock Cats -then tore his Achilles while rounding the bases and was done for the year.
These players should wind up at Rochester during the season. What it also means is that several minor league free agents – including Garrett Jones, Mariano Gomez, Julio DePaula, Danny Graves, Sergio Santos, Darnell McDonald and Felix Molina – will not return to the organization. I was told the only player with a chance of re-signing is Tommy Watkins.
In case you weren’t able to tune in, Twins assistant GM Rob Antony joined me on KFAN yesterday and mentioned a couple interesting things.
He did confirm that the Twins have been in contact with the agent for a couple free agent Japanese pitchers. My guess is that the pitchers in question are Kenshin Kawakami and Koiji Uehara. Here’s one story linking the Twins to Kawakami, who was 9-5 with a 2.30 ERA last season for the Chunichi Dragons. Uehara was 6-5, 3.81 and had one save for the Yomiuri Giants.
As for free agent infielder Ty Wigginton, Antony described his defense as, “adequate,” and mentioned that the Twins likely will put in a call on him. But he indicated that the years and dollars might be a little bit of a stretch. I think the Twins should look into him, but it sounds like they are convinced they’ll have Danny Valencia and Luke Hughes ready to take a spot by 2011.
That’s all for now….