The Twins have signed veteran infielder Daniel Descalso to a minor league contract, their Triple-A affiliate in St. Paul announced.
This is the first we’ve heard about Descalso since the Cubs declined their $3.5MM option for 2021 in favor of a $1MM buyout after last season. It was an easy decision for the Cubs, who signed Descalso to a two-year, $5MM guarantee entering 2019. That deal couldn’t have worked out much worse for Chicago, as Descalso struggled to a .173/.271/.250 line with two home runs in 194 plate appearances in 2019 and then missed all of last season as a result of a left ankle injury.
The 34-year-old Descalso has typically been a below-average hitter during his career, as evidenced by the .235/.320/.362 line he has posted in a combined 2,893 plate appearances with the Cubs, Cardinals, Rockies and Diamondbacks. But he has played all over the infield throughout his career, and he did slash a career-best .238/.353/.436 with 13 home runs in 423 PA with the D-backs in 2018, so perhaps he’ll prove to be a useful addition for the Twins.