Well, that was fun while it lasted. Friday night, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reported that the Minnesota Twins were shopping slugger Chris Colabello to the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) and the LG Twins. On Saturday night, Berardino reported that Colabello has turned down the opportunity to play baseball in Korea.
Berardino reports that Coabello was offered a contract of a million dollars from a team in the KBO, not the LG Twins. MLB players have to approve the buyout of their contracts to foreign leagues and Colabello did not do that.
Colabello will now try to make a Twins team that is tight on 40-man roster space and in the positions that Colabello plays, first base and outfield.
Colabello struggled in his stint at the major league level in 2013 hitting only .194/.287/.344/.631 with seven home runs and 17 RBI in 55 games played. This after hitting .352 and an OPS of 1.066 with Triple-A Rochester in 2013.
The Twins signing of Jason Kubel and the move of Joe Mauer to first base makes Chris Colabello much more expendable. The limited space on the roster looks like it might become a fight between Colabello and Chris Parmelee for the final roster spot on the major league roster.