Four of the five AL Central teams made some moves today, including the Twins who have made an offer to a veteran starting pitcher.
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Twins have offer out to RHP Matt Shoemaker
On Wednesday KSTP’s Darren Wolfson hinted that the Twins had an offer out to a starting pitcher and he’d reveal who on Thursday. Well, without further ado….
Shoemaker came onto the scene in 2014 with the Angels finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting to Chicago White Sox first baseman José Abreu. Aside from 2020, he’s been a pretty solid starter in the league when he’s healthy which hasn’t been the case for the last four seasons. Twins Daily own Andrew Thares took a deep dive into Shoemaker today that instills some intrigue in the veternal hurler as a possible final rotation piece.
Twins claim OF Kyle Garlick; Designate LHP Brandon Waddell
This is a total speculative add and there’s no guarantee his new roster spot isn’t at jeopardy as the Twins still need to make room for Alex Colomé. Check out Seth Stohs article regarding the Twins new 40-man roster member.
News with ties to the Twins
Former top prosect Andrew Benintendi dealt to the Royals
The outfielder will join a good Royals offense and look to re-establish himself as one of baseball’s up and coming stars. The former seventh overall pick had a strong start to his career but struggled in 2019 and really fell off in 2020. He still has two-years of team control but joins an up and coming team that is just waiting for some pitching to develop for the minors to start competing for the division.
Cubs and Mets revisit deal involving Kris Bryant
The Twins have never been formally tied to the former MVP but there’s no denying how well he fits with the club even after the Simmons signing. The Twins don’t have anyone penned in as the everyday left fielder and he could spell Josh Donaldson at third, as needed.
Marwin Gonzalez signs with Red Sox
The former Minnesota Twins super-utility takes a significant pay cut which was probably too be expected after two so-so seasons with the Twins and evidence showing that he benefited the most from the Astros cheating scandal.
Former Royal, Billy Hamilton, back in the AL Central
The speedster signed with Cleveland on a minor league contract and figures to compete for a fill-in outfielder role behind Eddie Rosario, Oscar Mercado, and Josh Naylor.
Tigers add outfielder Nomar Mazara
After debuting at 21-years old and finding moderate success pretty quickly, Mazara really struggled in the southside of Chicago. Still only 25-years old, the Tigers will give him an opportunity to get semi-regular at-bats in a platoon role while trying to re-establish himself as a promising young player.
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