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    On Sunday morning, seven players from Minnesota Twins spring training were told that they would not be on the Twins Opening Day roster. The most intriguing name of the bunch was infielder Chris Colabello. This leaves the Twins with 42 players on their spring roster.



    Here are the players sent to minor league camp:

    Chris Colabello was last year's feel-good minor league story. He has had a great past 12 months. At this time last year, he has just signed with the Twins after being named Baseball America's Independent Leagues player of the year in 2011. He made the New Britain roster and was a mainstay in the middle of their lineup all season. He received the invite to spring training and made a name for himself on a national (international?) level with some big games and big hits for Team Italy in the WBC. He returned to the Twins late last week. He will likely spend most of the season in Rochester this year, but don't be at all surprised if the Twins call his name if they have a need for a bat.

    Brian Dinkelman hit .301 for the Twins in 2011 in a part-time role. He spent all of 2012 with Rochester and didn't play a lot due to injury. He provides the Twins with depth in the corner outfield spots as well as the right side of the infield.

    Clete Thomas got some time with the Twins in 2012 after spending his entire career in the Tigers organization. He returned to the Twins on a minor league deal after hitting for power with the Red Wings. He'll return to Rochester this spring and play all around the outfield.

    Mark Sobolewski was selected by the Twins in the minor league portion of December's Rule 5 draft from the Blue Jays organization. He showed well for himself in Twins camp, displaying good defense. He likely would have competed with Deibinson Romero for playing time but Romero has still not arrived from the Dominican Republic due to visa issues.

    Deolis Guerra came off of the 40 man roster last November, but he returned on a minor league contract. He pitched very well in the Venezuelan Winter League and was excited to represent his country in the WBC. Unfortunately, shoulder pain was diagnosed as a blood clot. He will be having surgery in the near future.

    Shairon Martis was invited to big league camp after coming to the Twins in a minor trade last summer. He didn't pitch much for the Twins before joining Team Netherlands in Taiwan, and then Japan, and now in San Francisco for the WBC. He should factor into the Red Wings pitching staff this season.

    Eric Fryer got time with the Pirates the past two season. He played well in spring, but he could find himself in either New Britain or Rochester.

    The Twins now have 42 players in big league camp including 22 pitchers (5 non-roster), 4 catchers (1 non-roster), 9 infielders (3 non-roster) and 7 outfielders (2 non-roster).
    This article was originally published in blog: The Cuts Continue, 7 Twins Reassigned started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 71 Comments
    1. PopRiveter's Avatar
      PopRiveter -
      It frustrates me that so many of the players I am most curious about seeing are cut before getting to see them play a televised game. I wanted to see Hicks, Arcia, Colabello and Santana this spring. Guess I'll have to settle for just Hicks.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Santana played in the first televised game, I believe.

      Hicks and Arcia started on Friday night in a televised game, and Colabello came in for the second half of the game.
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      I mentioned to Colabello this morning I was surpised to see him cut, and it must be to get him more at bats. He just said "Ah, that's alright, as long as I get to play baseball".

      He should make it to Minnesota sometime this summer, and maybe sooner than later.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      All expected cuts, but nice to see progress being made nonetheless. Are the Twins going to cut 2 pitchers now? Plus, what are the chances they keep Wilkin Ramirez on as depth?
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      Cutting Chris Colabello............ I dislike the braintrust more and more. It will be a fine day when Gardenhire and Ryan are back on the interstate, going somewhere, anywhere else. The twins need a "feel good" story. badly. When they have one....... they just basically throw it away.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      There was zero reason to keep colabello on the roster at this point...
    1. Mr. Brooks's Avatar
      Mr. Brooks -
      Quote Originally Posted by h2oface View Post
      Cutting Chris Colabello............ I dislike the braintrust more and more. It will be a fine day when Gardenhire and Ryan are back on the interstate, going somewhere, anywhere else. The twins need a "feel good" story. badly. When they have one....... they just basically throw it away.
      This isnt Disney, this is major league baseball.
      I get that Chris Colabello is a nice story and all, but if he's one of your 25 best players, you ought to be ashamed and embarrassed as an organization.
      The guy OPS'd only .836 as a first baseman at AA last year, as a 28 year old playing against a bunch of kids many not even old enough to buy a beer.
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Brooks View Post
      .....I get that Chris Colabello is a nice story and all, but if he's one of your 25 best players, you ought to be ashamed and embarrassed as an organization.
      You have a great point there........... one ought to be ashamed and embarrassed as an organization......... for more reasons than one.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Pleasantly surprised to see Dan Rohlfing being the last catcher standing other than the 2 locks and Butera. He had a great spring and apparently opened some eyes over there. Add the facts that he can play 1B and OF in a pinch and is a great defensive catcher and you might have a surprise in the making (but likely next season...)

      Surprised that Burnett is still there... frankly.
    1. Mr. Brooks's Avatar
      Mr. Brooks -
      Quote Originally Posted by h2oface View Post
      You have a great point there........... one ought to be ashamed and embarrassed as an orginization......... for more reasons than one.
      So you want them to pile on by bringing some novelty north on the opening day roster?
      I get that they've had a rough couple of years, but lets not turn them into the St. Paul Saints just yet.
    1. FrodaddyG's Avatar
      FrodaddyG -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Brooks View Post
      So you want them to pile on by bringing some novelty north on the opening day roster?
      I get that they've had a rough couple of years, but lets not turn them into the St. Paul Saints just yet.
      Anyone know if Eddie Gaedel has any grandkids floating around?
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Brooks View Post
      So you want them to pile on by bringing some novelty north on the opening day roster?
      I get that they've had a rough couple of years, but lets not turn them into the St. Paul Saints just yet.
      If he earns it, yes. Definitely. But keep him around and see if he earns it. I don't think of him as a novelty. Butera is much more of a novelty - a player that can't hit at all taking up an active roster spot for how many years now? Paying Correia 10 million for 2 years is a novelty. I also think performance in the WBC should count big (and CC hit .333 while leading Team Italy with two homers and seven RBIs in the WBC), and is more important than spring training games and Gardenhire's School of Basics.
    1. FrodaddyG's Avatar
      FrodaddyG -
      Quote Originally Posted by h2oface View Post
      If he earns it, yes. Definitely. But keep him around and see if he earns it. I don't think of him as a novelty. Butera is much more of a novelty - a player that can't hit at all taking up an active roster spot for how many years now? Paying Correia 10 million for 2 years is a novelty. I also think performance in the WBC should count big (and CC hit .333 while leading Team Italy with two homers and seven RBIs in the WBC), and is more important than spring training games and Gardenhire's School of Basics.
    1. Mr. Brooks's Avatar
      Mr. Brooks -
      Quote Originally Posted by h2oface View Post
      If he earns it, yes. Definitely. But keep him around and see if he earns it. I don't think of him as a novelty. Butera is much more of a novelty - a player that can't hit at all taking up an active roster spot for how many years now? Paying Correia 10 million for 2 years is a novelty. I also think performance in the WBC should count big (and CC hit .333 while leading Team Italy with two homers and seven RBIs in the WBC), and is more important than spring training games and Gardenhire's School of Basics.
      I guess I don't look to tiny sample sizes such as ST and the WBC to determine if a guy is one of the 25 best players or not.
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      Remember, just because they are now in minor-league camp...they can still get called to play in major league camp for a game or three. Mostly to just give them more playing time. The Twins still have too many players that need to start playing more often than not. It also helps if you are on the 40-man.
    1. Laroosh1's Avatar
      Laroosh1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rosterman View Post
      Remember, just because they are now in minor-league camp...they can still get called to play in major league camp for a game or three. Mostly to just give them more playing time. The Twins still have too many players that need to start playing more often than not. It also helps if you are on the 40-man.


      It is a shame that Colabello has been sent down to kinrs as he was having a good spring. Hopefully he goes to aaa so he will be called up.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Any chance Colabello was passive-agressively punished for playing in the WBC instead of staying with the Twins camp? The 25th roster spot was always going to come down to Butera vs Gardy's request for power on the bench. Colabello seems like an unlikely choice at first glance, but it would not have been a novelty pick, there simply were just few options. I would have to assume the bench bat to counter the Butera option now falls to Wilken Rameriz who is hardly less of a novelty than Colabello.

      Of course they could decide to sign Thome, or perhaps Colabello's reassignment could be a show of power by Ryan showing Gardy now before he can get public support, that no, he will not get a bat for thebench.
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      Any chance Colabello was passive-agressively punished for playing in the WBC instead of staying with the Twins camp?

      No chance.
    1. spideyo's Avatar
      spideyo -
      With Morneau and Mauer back, and Parmelee still needing as much time as he can get practing RF, Colabello wouldn't be getting many opportunities to play. We know he wouldn't be starting anyways, why not let him get game time with the minor league squads so our starters (and our guys battling for starting jobs) can get more at bats and fielding opportunities?
    1. Kavan's Avatar
      Kavan -
      Can someone explain to me why we are excited about Colabello. Isn't he 29 and thus far topped out at AA experience? I'd love it if he were a prospect, but he's not going to get any better.... am I missing something?
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