The Minnesota Twins made a splash earlier this week signing fan favorite Torii Hunter, to a one year deal worth $10.5 million. While the signing was done more so out of a move for leadership than baseball sense, the Twins have now brought in another outfielder in a much less prolific signing. Welcome former Cardinals member, Shane Robinson.
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Minnesota has reportedly signed Shane Robinson while the deal will include an invite to spring training. LaVelle E. Neal reported the signing on Twitter.
At this point, Robinson is 29 years old and has five years of Major League Baseball experience. He has spent his entire career with the St. Louis Cardinals after being drafted in the 5th round of the 2006 draft.
In 2012, Shane Robinson played 102 games with the Cardinals, the most of his major league career. A career .231 hitter, Robinson is seen much more as a defensive player. With decent speed, the Twins see him as an option to help cover the corners of Target Field on a defensive substitution basis.
While cracking the 25 man roster out of spring training may be a tall order for Robinson, the Twins could have done worse in a very low risk situation. If nothing else, Robinson can provide some extra depth at Triple-A Rochester.
Look for the Twins to continue to be active throughout the free agency period, and especially as the Winter Meetings commence. With a glaring need for starting pitching, you’d be hard pressed to find Terry Ryan not looking for some starting rotation help. Hopefully the options become more clear as the big name starters declare their intentions.
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