July 28, 2021

Minnesota Twins ink three players to minor-league deals (Twinkie Town)


The Minnesota Twins got some light off season work in this morning as they signed three players to minor-league deals. J.J. Blaine Hardy, Juan Graterol, and Ryan Garton will join the Twins minor league organisation.

Hardy, a lefty pitcher, has spent his entire major-league career – portions of six seasons – with the rival Detroit Tigers. His 2019 numbers amounted to a 4.47 ERA in 39 games and 44.1 innings out of the bullpen. His other stats are nothing to really write home about besides his K/BB ratio (2.23); he’s struck out 29 batters against walking 13 opponents. The 32-year-old is also invited to major-league spring training and has a June opt-out date. Another intersting thing to note is that Hardy can also can request release at any time or be put on the big-league roster within two days. The lefty will be an interesting player to keep an eye on during spring training as a complimentary lefty out of the bullpen, depending on what magic Wes Johnson can conjure up.

If Graterol is a familiar name, it’s because 1) he’s not Brusdar Graterol and 2) he’s been with Minnesota before. The catcher has spent time in the minor leagues with the Kansas City Royals, New York…

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