Minnesota Twins Cuts Round 3: Narrowing Relievers
Minnesota Twins Cuts Narrow Pool of Relievers
After yesterday’s split squad games, the Minnesota Twins were expected to announce their third round of cuts. Instead, they waited until this morning to make the announcement. Optioned, or reassigned, were:
Pitchers: J.R. Graham
Catcher: Carlos Paulino
Infielders: Wilfredo Tovar
The position player cuts were all expected either today or very soon. The selection of pitchers tips Paul Moliter’s hand on how he is going to shape his bullpen. Cutting lefties Boshers and Rogers leave Fernando Abad, and Ryan O’Rourke as the two remaining southpaws with a legitimate chance to make the Twins bullpen.
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Looking at the remaining righties, with Graham gone, it should be between Michael Tonkin (who is out of options) and Ryan Pressly. Pressly’s numbers this spring are much better than Tonkin’s, allowing only one run so far this spring in 6 appearances, while Tonkin has surrendered 7 runs in 6 games. Tonkin’s sinker hasn’t been sinking, but the Twins could be worried about losing him if they place him on waivers.
Both Graham and Rogers could be brought up during the year if someone in the ‘pen struggles or is injured. Twins also announced Monday that they will transition Alex Meyer to a starter’s role at Rochester.
The Twins also clarified the standing of non-roster invitees Carlos Quentin and Ryan Sweeney. Sweeney’s minor league contract does not have opt outs built. Quentin’s deal has an opt out of June 1st that would allow him to find work elsewhere if not brought up to the major league club before then.
Mike Strong was outrighted to AAA today which opens up a spot on the 40 man roster. That spot could be used to make room for Fernando Abad.
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