The Twins have signed Chris Heisey to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement (h/t MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, on Twitter). The veteran receives an invitation to MLB Spring Training.
Heisey, 33, impressed the Nationals enough as a bench piece in 2016 to sign a major-league deal to return for the following season. He struggled through an injury-plagued year, though, taking just 79 plate appearances and carrying a terrible .162/.215/.270 slash line. The Nats ended up cutting Heisey loose just before the trade deadline.
It’s conceivable that Heisey could challenge for a reserve outfield role in camp, but he’ll need to show that the disappointing 2017 campaign is now firmly in the rearview mirror. At his best, Heisey has provided solidly average output in all areas of play with some pop at the plate. He has actually been quite a bit better against right-handed pitching over his career, so he likely won’t represent a possibility to serve as the lefty-mashing bat that the Twins have sought.
Cool photo can’t believe so many people took a picture of him lol
Let’s face it he have been facing kershaw or something
There probably should have been a must in there somewhere
This team is the only inch Boras has in his beef with the MLB. The Twins are competing in a division with 3 teams that are rebuilding, they have very little on the payroll. Why are they still constantly dumpster diving? This is their shot and time to go for it. They won’t sign a big free agent and/or make a trade to challenge the Indians? At least mid market Milwaukee gave it a shot.
They have put a lot of money into the bullpen so far and reportedly made a large offer to Darvish. I do think they’ll likely come out of the offseason with one of Arrieta, Cobb, or Lynn
Joe Mauer contract is finally over after this year, not that he’s been bad. Just paid a lot.
True, it will be nice to see that lightened up a little
Agreed, there’s no reason at all the Twins shouldn’t have been the ones pushing the market this offseason. No money still on the books for next year yet and a good core. Primed to contend and they’re sitting back waiting.
Maybe they’re saving their money for Harper, or Kershaw. They have the Payroll and a young, up and coming team.
The twins are small market. They cannot afford multi vast contracts
That’s like saying why do the As rays padres etc dumpster dive
They are serviceable and they fill a void
the Messiah Machine gives it one more shot. good to see.
Been a pretty good bench bat over the years- also a good veteran guy in camp.
as a Reds fan I always thought he was about as good a bench/utility guy as you could ask for, glad to see he’s still getting chances he’s not finished yet
As a Twins fan, this pleases me. Heisey is a gamer! If he gets to feeling good, so will all of Twins Territory.
The Twins might possibly be trying to save some payroll for next years free agent class, TomBradyrings. Also they’ve been more aggressive in free agency this year then I’ve seen them in my entire life as a Twins fan