Twins trade outfielder Michael Reed as roster starts to become clearer
SARASOTA, Fla.— The Minnesota Twins’ 25-man roster continues to come into focus.
Before Saturday’s 8-7 win over the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium, the Twins traded outfielder Michael Reed to the San Francisco Giants for John Andreoli, who will report to Triple-A, and cash considerations. The trade would appear to solidify Jake Cave in the fourth outfield spot.
“I think it can be a really nice opportunity for him, so I’m actually really happy for him,” manager Rocco Baldelli said of Reed, who the Twins picked up on waivers this offseason. “He’s a guy that we’ve thought highly of over here, and it was a situation where there could have been a good fit. But this could be something that might be even better for him. So with that said, I do wish him good luck.”
The move leaves the Twins with 33 players left in camp. One of those players, Miguel Sano, will start the season on the injured list. Gabriel Moya (shoulder), Addison Reed (thumb) and Matt Magill (arm) are also possibilities to start the year on the IL.
With a 40-man spot open, the Twins could turn to a non-roster invitee to fill a bullpen spot. Pitchers Ryne Harper, Mike Morin and Preston Guilmet are still with the team in camp.
Harper has a career 2.56 minor-league earned-run average but has yet to make his major league debut, despite one brief call up. He has impressed this spring, throwing 10 scoreless innings. He has struck out 13 and walked none.
Morin has a 3.72 ERA in 9 2/3 innings pitched this spring. He has pitched in the majors for parts of five years with a 4.66 career ERA. Guilmet has posted a 3.72 ERA, tossing a scoreless inning on Saturday.
JOSE BERRIOS THROWS FINAL TUNE UP
Jose Berrios’ family arrived in Minnesota on Saturday to get settled in. Soon, Berrios will join them.
But first, he had some final business to finish up in Florida. Berrios threw his last spring tune-up, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up three runs — two earned. He struck out six in the outing.
He finished his spring with a 4.43 ERA. His next start will be on Thursday as he takes the mound for the first Opening Day start of his career.
“Last year and the year before, I was here to compete,” he said. “This year, the only thing I have to prepare myself is to be healthy, be strong every day and that’s what I feel. We’ve been working with the change-up, and I threw a lot of good ones today. That’s what we’ve wanted this spring.
Byron Buxton returned to the lineup Saturday after being taken out of Friday night’s game early. Buxton suffered a facial contusion when he collided with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts at third base.
Sano’s sutures for the cut on his lower right Achilles area are supposed to remain in until the Twins return to Minnesota. His boot is now off, though, and he is going to start to ramp up his activity.
“It’s a little uncomfortable because of the stitches, but it feels good,” he said. “It’s looking good. It’s better than ever.”
Former Oriole Jonathan Schoop was treated with a ovation before Saturday’s game. Then, Schoop put on a performance against his former club, going 3 for 4 with two runs scored in the win.