• Where are they now: Former Twins in big league camps

    If you’re like me, one of the fun things to do during spring training is to read through all of the box scores. They’re long, and full of names as starters are just getting a couple of at bats and managers are wanting to see their role players and non-roster invitees. It’s a good reminder of the offseason transactions and who signed where. That’s important for the big free agents, but it’s also fun to see where the lesser-known names and the minor league free agents signed.

    As someone who is coming up on ten years of blogging on the Twins, it’s also fun for me to see where former Twins players wind up. Some of the names are easily recognizable, and some of the players may not have even made it to the majors but ‘grew up’ in the Twins farm system.

    Now, this may not be a complete list of who is in big league camp. You may have seen on SportsCenter the other day that JD Durbin (aka The Real Deal) gave up a long home run to Edwin Encarnacion. Durbin signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox this winter after spending the past few summers in independent ball.

    So, check out the below list of 40 man roster guys and non-roster invites that are in big league camp right now, and be sure to point out who else you know is playing.



    Baltimore Orioles – Luis Ayala, Alexi Casilla, Danny Valencia and JJ Hardy are on their 40 man roster. Allan de San Miguel, Steve Pearce (drafted out of high school and spent 2012 spring training with Twins), Lew Ford and Jason Pridie are non-roster invites. De San Miguel is also on the Australian WBC team.

    Boston Red Sox – Craig Breslow and David Ortiz are on the 40 man roster. Last year’s Rule 5 selection Terry Doyle is a non-roster invitee.

    New York Yankees – Utility infielder Gil Velezquez in a non-roster invite.

    Toronto Blue Jays – RA Dickey and Henry Blanco are on the 40 man roster. Ramon Ortiz was a spring training invite.

    Chicago White Sox – Jesse Crain is on the 40 man roster. Jeff Gray and Steve Tolleson are non-roster invites.

    Cleveland Indians – Matt Capps and Matt Carson signed minor league deals with spring invites.

    Detroit Tigers – Torii Hunter got a very nice contract to be on the Tigers’ 40 man roster.

    Houston Astros – They found some reason to put Phil Humber on their 40 man roster.

    Los Angeles Angels – Brendan Harrison, Luis(!) Rodriguez and Trent Oeltjen are non-roster invites.

    Oakland A’s – Last year’s surprise team has Grant Balfour and Pat Neshek in their bullpen and on their 40 man roster.

    Texas Rangers – A couple of former Twins All Stars, Joe Nathan and AJ Pierzynski, are on their 40 man roster. Evan Meek, Eli Whiteside and Yangervis Solarte are in their camp on minor league deals.

    Atlanta Braves – Dusty Hughes got a minor league deal.

    Miami Marlins – Jon Rauch is on the 40 man roster while Kevin Slowey inked a minor league deal with a spring invite.

    New York Mets – A couple of oldies but goodies are with the Mets. Johan Santana’s deal is finally in its final season. LaTroy Hawkins, a non-roster invite, has to be getting close to his final season.

    Philadelphia Phillies – Ben Revere and Delmon Young are on the Phillies 40 man roster. Young is likely to begin the season on the DL.

    Washington Nationals – Denard Span and Wilson Ramos are on their 40 man roster. Ramos is hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but it may not be very likely.

    Chicago Cubs – Matt Garza and Scott Baker are on their 40 man roster, and both could miss Opening Day. Darnell McDonald is a non-roster invite.

    Cincinnati Reds – Corky Miller is a non-roster invite.

    Milwaukee Brewers – Carlos Gomez turned out alright, finally, and got a nice contract via arbitration.

    Pittsburgh Pirates – They finally reached their agreement with Francisco Liriano. Garrett Jones will again make a lot of money in his second arbitration season. Also, Kyle Waldrop is there on a minor league deal with the spring invite.

    St. Louis Cardinals - JR Towles is in Cards' camp on a minor league deal.

    Arizona Diamondbacks – How about this… Michael Tonkin’s brother-in-law is on the D-Backs 40 man roster.

    Colorado Rockies – Michael Cuddyer is on their 40 man roster. Jeff Manship got a spring training invitation and in his first spring outing threw seven pitches and got a pop up and two strikeouts.

    Los Angeles Dodgers – Nick Punto and Matt Guerrier are on the 40 man roster. Punto is on Team Italy in the WBC. Peter Moylan got a minor league deal.

    San Diego Padres – Jason Marquis is on the 40 man roster, and Rene Rivera got a spring training invite.

    San Francisco Giants – Jose Mijares is on their 40 man roster. Boof Bonser is back with his original team on a minor league deal.


    So there you have it, a quick look around the other rosters to see which former Twins players are in big league camp. If I missed anyone, please let me know. The only teams not to have even one former Twins-related player in big league camp are the Tampa Bay Rays, the Kansas City Royals, the Seattle Mariners, and the St. Louis Cardinals.
    This article was originally published in blog: Where are they now: Former Twins in big league camps started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
      Brad Swanson -
      This is a really cool trip down memory lane. I always liked Luis Rodriguez for some reason. The Phillies acquired one of the best humans to play for the Twins and one of the worst. Not bad.
    1. Twins Fan's Avatar
      Twins Fan -
      Great post Seth! Possible additions are JR Towles (SL) and Kyle Waldrop (Pit).
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      This is fun stuff.
      Garrett Jones had a very good year for Pittsburgh last year. I'm sure they appreciated the 27 home runs he hit for them.
      Mijares had the highest K/9 of his MLB career.
      Ramos isn't tearing it up, but he seems to have figured out to hit an occasional curveball.
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      Boof lives!!!!
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Another reason to respect the Rays' approach to the game...
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      I saw Luke Hughes on MLB network playing in an Australian league playoff game the other week. Too bad he hasn't caught on with another team. Perhaps if he has a good showing at the WBC.

      Matt Tolbert's with the Phillies I believe as well.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Twins Fan View Post
      Great post Seth! Possible additions are JR Towles (SL) and Kyle Waldrop (Pit).
      Added these two... I had Waldrop in my notes. Not sure why I didn't type it! Missed Towles... thank you!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      I saw Luke Hughes on MLB network playing in an Australian league playoff game the other week. Too bad he hasn't caught on with another team. Perhaps if he has a good showing at the WBC.

      Matt Tolbert's with the Phillies I believe as well.
      Yup, Hopefully Luke gets another shot soon.

      And, Tolbert didn't get a spring training invite, but good note.
    1. twinsfanstl's Avatar
      twinsfanstl -
      begs the question- who wins more games, the actual 2013 Twins or a rotation of Dickey, Garza, Santana, Baker, Liriano, bullpen of Nathan, Capps, Breslow, Mijares, Balfour, Guerrier, Crain and Cuddy, Casilla, Hardy, Valencia, Ramos, Hunter, Revere, Span, Gomez, Ortiz, and benchies Punto, Young, AJ?
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      Get the salary of those guys and add it up.

      Quote Originally Posted by twinsfanstl View Post
      begs the question- who wins more games, the actual 2013 Twins or a rotation of Dickey, Garza, Santana, Baker, Liriano, bullpen of Nathan, Capps, Breslow, Mijares, Balfour, Guerrier, Crain and Cuddy, Casilla, Hardy, Valencia, Ramos, Hunter, Revere, Span, Gomez, Ortiz, and benchies Punto, Young, AJ?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      And not just add up their contracts, but add a 10-25% more because if the Twins would have kept them, they would likely be making significantly more than they are now.
    1. twinsfanstl's Avatar
      twinsfanstl -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      And not just add up their contracts, but add a 10-25% more because if the Twins would have kept them, they would likely be making significantly more than they are now.
      Yeah, wasn't really interested in Twins spending habits, having been a fan since the early 80's I know the drill and don't often disagree with their philosophy. I just think your list is interesting and when you cherry pick those who (barring injury) will play a great deal elsewhere and compare to our actual projected roster it is telling. We ponied up plenty to try to retain Santana and Hunter. We gave up on Dickey way too soon, let Garza slip in what has to be viewed as a terrible trade. Got Hardy then traded him for Hoey. Gave up on Mijares, Balfour. Mis-played resigning Baker. These were not insignificant blunders. What is the other side of the coin? What flipside do we tout? Got lucky with Burton? ok. what else? In the last 4 years, what have the Twins done in the free agent market or via trade that has made significant impact on the teams they have actually fielded towards winning?
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      Not invites, but amongst others we see Steve Tolleson with the White Sox, Ray Chang with the Red, Rene Tosoni with the Brewers, Jeremy Reed with the Diamondbacks, Jair Fernandez should get an shot with Houston. Once the season starts, I'll do a rundown somewhere of former Twins everywhere! Minnesota Twins Baseball Cards, Autographs, Publications, Memorabilia, Players, Stats, History, Collectibles
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsfanstl View Post
      Yeah, wasn't really interested in Twins spending habits, having been a fan since the early 80's I know the drill and don't often disagree with their philosophy. I just think your list is interesting and when you cherry pick those who (barring injury) will play a great deal elsewhere and compare to our actual projected roster it is telling. We ponied up plenty to try to retain Santana and Hunter. We gave up on Dickey way too soon, let Garza slip in what has to be viewed as a terrible trade. Got Hardy then traded him for Hoey. Gave up on Mijares, Balfour. Mis-played resigning Baker. These were not insignificant blunders. What is the other side of the coin? What flipside do we tout? Got lucky with Burton? ok. what else? In the last 4 years, what have the Twins done in the free agent market or via trade that has made significant impact on the teams they have actually fielded towards winning?
      Santana and Hunter signed extensions with the Twins to keep them around, and the Twins offered both of them fair deals when they left. I don't think anyone is terribly upset with how the Twins played the Baker situation. Balfour was coming off of missing basically three years with arm injuries. Dickey... well, everyone gave up on him too soon because everyone would have let him go after that year. But yeah, every team has guys they wish they would have kept, guys they wish they would not have signed, and good minor league signings and bad regular free agent signings.
    1. LewFordLives's Avatar
      LewFordLives -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      I saw Luke Hughes on MLB network playing in an Australian league playoff game the other week. Too bad he hasn't caught on with another team. Perhaps if he has a good showing at the WBC.

      Matt Tolbert's with the Phillies I believe as well.
      I was watching that same game with Luke Hughes and was wondering why the Twins don't give him a call. I know he had a lot of holes in his game, but I thought he was better than what they have now.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      > Arizona Diamondbacks – How about this… Michael Tonkin’s brother-in-law is on the D-Backs 40 man roster.

    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Seems like every game I'm seeing on mlbnetwork has former Twins. Some of those teams almost seem more recognizable than the 2013 Twins (at least until we see them on TV a few times).
    1. Dakota Dan's Avatar
      Dakota Dan -
      Isn't Jason Kubel still with Arizona?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dakota Dan View Post
      Isn't Jason Kubel still with Arizona?
      Yes, he is... that was referenced in the article.
    1. Dakota Dan's Avatar
      Dakota Dan -
      Isn't Jason Kubel still with Arizona?
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