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    Twins Minor League Signings: Offseason '13-14

    I thought it would be good to start a thread on Twins minor league signings this offseason. Some will be players that are returning to the Twins, and others will be from outside the organization (starting after the World Series).

    Mike Berardino is reporting the Doug Bernier has signed to stay with the Twins.

    I can report that James Beresford has signed to stay as well.

    Both will be invited to Twins spring training.

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    BA reported those both in their most recent transaction log. They also reported the Twins re-signed Virgil Vasquez earlier in the off-season. R&P 14 is in progress and I hope to have something published this weekend.

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    Thanks guys for keeping up on this. A couple of the players signed will play in the majors I'm sure. We just don't know which ones. I'm not a big fan of zero power middle infielders, but Beresford has hit better as he has advanced--perhaps he can provide competition for Escobar and also provide major league ready middle infield depth.

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    It's official on Vasquez, Bernier and Beresford. The Twins also brought back Jermaine Mitchell and Lester Oliveros. (I still think Oliveros will get added to the 40 man)

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    Vasquez, Mitchell and Oliveros are all currently playing in Venezuela as well. There are many soon-to-be MiLB FAs that last played with the Twins playing there too. Dakota Watts is the only one currently under team control playing, in addition to the other guys.

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    That's, in part, due to the 40 man roster regulation just going into effect.

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    According to Matt Eddy (Baseball America), the Twins have re-signed C Jairo Rodriguez, 1B Reynaldo Rodriguez and 3B Deibinson Romero to minor league deals. None of them need to worry about being taken in the Rule 5.

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    Reynaldo Rodriguez who was in AA last year? This seems odd. One of Hicks or Vargas must be moving to AA, they seem sure there is going to be room for him in AAA? Also for Romero to get at bats either Plouffe gets injured early or Sano starts the year at AA.

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    And by odd, I mean for the players to sign. There's nothing wrong with depth for a team, but it seems like these two guys are going to get less at bats than last year.

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    Of the three, I found the Jairo Rodriguez return the most surprising. Rodriguez was basically used as an organizational-float and I thought he was on borrowed time the whole second-half of the season.

    Rodriguez will compete for 1B at-bats in Rochester. Parmelee and Colabello and Vargas and Hicks sandwiched him last year and they'll likely do the same this year. Without much 1B-depth (not that it would be tough to add) at the lower levels too, it makes sense to bring him back.

    Romero really improved his standing within the organization after this past year. I would guess he got a ST invite (I bet the others did too) and will be Plouffe's competition. This also will make Sano earn his eventual assignment to Rochester, which also makes sense.

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    In the newest installment of minor-league transactions, the Twins have re-signed both LHRP Aaron Thompson and C Dan Rohlfing.

    All changes shown here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
    In the newest installment of minor-league transactions, the Twins have re-signed both LHRP Aaron Thompson and C Dan Rohlfing.

    All changes shown here.
    I like both of these signings. Thompson has some (very little) big league time and is still just 27. he's got good stuff. Like Jeremy said on Twitter, he could take Duensing's spot.

    Dan Rohlfing is a right-handed Chris Herrmann in that he is a very good, athletic defensive catcher who has the ability to play elsewhere. There's value in that for the Twins, but also for Rochester.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
    I like both of these signings. Thompson has some (very little) big league time and is still just 27. he's got good stuff. Like Jeremy said on Twitter, he could take Duensing's spot.
    The problem with Thompson and the other AAAA LHPs the Twins have is that they are soft tossers. His FB is of the 88 mph variety. Duensing reaches 94-95 and averaged 92.5 the past season. They already have 4 soft tossing lefties (Diamond, Albers, Hernandez -if he stays-, Thielbar) at least (I'd argue that Darnell and Dean are also) ahead of Thompson.

    Minor league filler barring injury, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos View Post
    The problem with Thompson and the other AAAA LHPs the Twins have is that they are soft tossers. His FB is of the 88 mph variety. Duensing reaches 94-95 and averaged 92.5 the past season. They already have 4 soft tossing lefties (Diamond, Albers, Hernandez -if he stays-, Thielbar) at least (I'd argue that Darnell and Dean are also) ahead of Thompson.

    Minor league filler barring injury, I think.
    I wouldn't dispute any of that. But I think Diamond and Albers and Dean will get every opportunity to be rotation guys. Hernandez is probably gone. That leaves Duensing and Thielbar with little actual competition. Thompson get a chance to compete, which is never bad, even if the competition is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
    I like both of these signings. Thompson has some (very little) big league time and is still just 27. he's got good stuff. Like Jeremy said on Twitter, he could take Duensing's spot.
    At AAA this year Thompson had a 1.4 WHIP, and he didn't have a lefty-righty split that would suggest a LOOGY role either. Nothing else in his career leads me to forecast him to do even as well as Duensing if he got the chance. I'd see him as organizational depth only.

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    I'm pretty much good with any minor league signing. There's little downside. Thompson's a solid left. Darnell and Dean may end up ahead of him, but let it play out. Depth is a good thing.For the record, I would absolutely keep Duensing around.

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    I'm more than fine with minor league signings too. I just took issue with the part about replacing Duensing.

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    Referenced tweet, for the record. I'm assuming that he'll be an NRI, but I wasn't suggesting this means Duensing is out of a job now.

    @jeremynygaard: .@skaro21 @SethTweets @MattEddyBA Thompson could compete for Duensing's job; Rohlfing good catching depth.

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    The Twins added Edgar Ibarra to the 40-man roster today.

    They also signed Wilkin Ramirez to a minor-league deal with a ST invite. Ramirez joins Bernier, Romero, Mitchell, Rohlfing, Oliveros and Thompson as non-roster invites.

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    According to Baseball America, the following Twins minor leaguers have become free agents:

    Minnesota Twins
    RHP: Nick Blackburn (AAA), Kyle Davies (AA), Cole DeVries (AAA), Deolis Guerra* (AAA), Miguel Munoz (Hi A), Dan Sattler (AA), Manuel Soliman (Hi A), Tom Stuifbergen (AA), Dan Turpen (AA)
    LHP: Nelvin Fuentes (Hi A), Pedro Hernandez (AAA)
    1B: Jeff Clement (AAA)
    2B: Eric Farris (AAA)
    SS: Ray Olmedo (AAA)
    OF: Brian Dinkelman (AAA), Jhonathan Goncalves (Hi A), Angel Morales (AA), Jordan Parraz (AA), Antoan Richardson (AAA)

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