I have to imagine that being sold is not a good feeling, but that is something that Minnesota Twins ex-independent league star Chris Colabello might have to face. Late on Friday night, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press wrote a blog post stating that the Twins have been attempting to sell Colabello to the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization.
(The real fun fact to get out of this is that there is a team in Korea also named the Twins. I didn’t know that. It’s kind of neat.)
Colabello could reject any deal to Korea, but it does look like Colabello might be on the outside looking in for a spot on the Twins’ Major League Roster. Colabello is a first baseman, but now Joe Mauer is there permanently. The designated hitter spot is also crowded with the acquisition of Jason Kubel.
Colabello is struggling in the Dominican Winter Leagues this offseason and did not perform well in this stint at the major league level this past year. Colabello only hit .194 in 55 games. All of this despite hitting the second most home runs overall throughout the entire organization behind Miguel Sano.
Berardino’s sources say that Minnesota is asking for a “higher than normal” price for Colabello’s services.
Berardino also points out that this would not be the first time that Minnesota has sold a player to an overseas organization. In 2010, Minnesota sent Bobby Keppel to Japan.