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  • Butera, Waldrop, Holliman Out, Burroughs Likely In for Opening Day Roster Spot

    (Editors note: Updated at 10:30 with additional information from Joe Christensen's blog.)

    The Twins announced via Twitter this morning that they had optioned backup catcher to Rochester, reassigned utility infielder Mike Hollimon and placed relief pitcher Kyle Waldrop on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26th. Furthermore, Butera told Star-Tribune beat reporter Joe Christensen that the Twins told him they were only taking two catchers north, leading Joe to believe that Sean Burroughs has won the last spot on the Twins bench.

    Butera has served as the primary backup catcher for the Twins the last two years, relying on stellar defensive skills, but struggling offensively to a historical degree. His demotion means that JR Towles, a minor league free agent who came to the Twins from Houston, is the lone remaining option who could be added as a 3rd catcher. However, it appears now the Twins are at least leaning toward carrying only Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit as catchers.

    If so (and provided Alexi Casilla's knee is ready in time), it appears that Sean Burroughs would win the last spot on the Twins roster. Burroughs was a top prospect with the Padres who fell out of the major league, struggled with substance abuse issues and returned to the majors last year with the Diamondbacks. He is a left-handed hitting 3rd baseman who would likely primarily be used as a pinch-hitting option. He was signed as a minor league free agent, so he would need to be added to the 40-man roster, but that doesn't appear to be a serious limitation.

    Hollimon was also a minor league free agent with little chance to come north with the team, but a tremendous spring performance kept him in the running for a utility infielder spot until this last weekend. Waldrop was in the race to make the Twins bullpen but has been out several days with elbow discomfort.
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. wagwan's Avatar
      wagwan -
      Going with two catchers...... so who does that leave? 16 non-pitchers .... 3 more to go Towles is one... so then its Dinkelman, Burroughs, Dozier Parmelee left for the last 2 spots I think Parmelee is in and Dinkelman is out so it is between Dozier and Burroughs like people have been saying
    1. ScottyB's Avatar
      ScottyB -
      Happy days are here again - no Butera!
    1. twinswon1991's Avatar
      twinswon1991 -
      I have a feeling Gardy got trumped on this one. There is no way he would want one of his "Good Ole Boys" going to the minors.
    1. LRGAMBLE's Avatar
      LRGAMBLE -
      I think Parmalee is pretty much a lock. That's what the Buters cut signifies to me anyway. So from there I'd personally like to see Burroughs get a shot, being able to break Danny over at 3b once a week. Not sure how his fielding in the outfield has been. Anybody know?
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      The bench...

      Revere - pinch run, outfield defense
      Plouffe - platoon against lefty, pinch hit against lefty, versatile
      Hughes - platoon against lefty, pinch hit against lefty, better defense at 2B than Plouffe
      Burroughs - left handed pinch hitter, plays 3B
      Dinkelman - left handed hitter, versatile
      Towles - third catcher

      Plouffe and Hughes are somewhat redundant, although defense at 2B is in Hughes favor and a strong consideration given Casilla's health.

      To me the most versatile bench include Towles, Revere, Plouffe or Hughes, Burroughs or Dinkelman. No reason to think Dinkelman will hit based on track record. Plouffe and Hughes are out of options so they both probably stick. The choice then comes down to Burroughs or Towles.
    1. Teflon's Avatar
      Teflon -
      Not sure the Twins are going the 3-catcher route. With Morneau DH-ing, Doumit will be the backup C and Parmelee makes the team, not Towles.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinswon1991 View Post
      I have a feeling Gardy got trumped on this one. There is no way he would want one of his "Good Ole Boys" going to the minors.
      I really doubt that.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by LRGAMBLE View Post
      I think Parmalee is pretty much a lock. That's what the Buters cut signifies to me anyway. So from there I'd personally like to see Burroughs get a shot, being able to break Danny over at 3b once a week. Not sure how his fielding in the outfield has been. Anybody know?
      Parmelee has been a lock for a week.

      Burroughs hasn't played any outfield and he won't have to.
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Good for Burroughs. Great story, etc. Hopefully he can be productive off the bench.
    1. JDW's Avatar
      JDW -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinswon1991 View Post
      I have a feeling Gardy got trumped on this one. There is no way he would want one of his "Good Ole Boys" going to the minors.
      I've never seen evidence that Butera is on of his boys. Still unsure about Burroughs but it's a good story.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      As much as has been written about what a waste it is to carry a 3rd catcher, what about a left-handed pinch hitter who is limited positionally and doesn't have much pop? I'm trying to figure out where he bats. I guess for Casilla? Is there anyone else he hits for in this lineup? Carroll, maybe?
    1. kirbyelway's Avatar
      kirbyelway -
      I was right on 2 catchers, glad to see Burroughs get a shot. I hope Parmalee's bat stays in the line-up and Doumit is used mainly as just the backup catcher.
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      I think Parmelee is the lock and It has been said several times that Dozier will start the season at Rochester. That leaves one spot left on the roster for Burroughs and Dinkleman.


      I don't have a feeling one way or the other for either one of them. I think Dinkleman has put up the better numbers this spring and is a little more veristle in the field. I don't think either one will have much of an impact. I was actually keeping my eye on Holliman. We will know fairly soon.
    1. raindog's Avatar
      raindog -
      Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes View Post
      As much as has been written about what a waste it is to carry a 3rd catcher, what about a left-handed pinch hitter who is limited positionally and doesn't have much pop? I'm trying to figure out where he bats. I guess for Casilla? Is there anyone else he hits for in this lineup? Carroll, maybe?
      What other options do we really have? Other than Dozier, who needs time at AAA.
    1. gunnarthor's Avatar
      gunnarthor -
      Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes View Post
      As much as has been written about what a waste it is to carry a 3rd catcher, what about a left-handed pinch hitter who is limited positionally and doesn't have much pop? I'm trying to figure out where he bats. I guess for Casilla? Is there anyone else he hits for in this lineup? Carroll, maybe?
      I think he's there more to push/spot Valencia at third than to pinch hit.
    1. MileHighTwinsFan's Avatar
      MileHighTwinsFan -
      It is interesting to think about how Morneau DHing opens up the roster. That single move allows the team to carry the two catchers, promote a solid major league ready player (Parmalee), and clarify Mauer's role as a catcher and backup first baseman. I like Burroughs as a left handed option off the bench - much better than past options (Tolbert).
    1. Fire Dan Gladden's Avatar
      Fire Dan Gladden -
      As much as I would like to say goodbye to Mr. Butera, my guess is that he will be back with the Twins by May 15th.
    1. Jack Torse's Avatar
      Jack Torse -
      Quote Originally Posted by JDW View Post
      I've never seen evidence that Butera is on of his boys. Still unsure about Burroughs but it's a good story.
      Other than he's one of the worst hitters anyone has ever seen in the major leagues.
    1. Dilligaf69's Avatar
      Dilligaf69 -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinswon1991 View Post
      I have a feeling Gardy got trumped on this one. There is no way he would want one of his "Good Ole Boys" going to the minors.
      This schtick is SO old.
    1. Dilligaf69's Avatar
      Dilligaf69 -
      I agree that Dinkleman has outperformed Burroughs
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