Well, a couple of guys in limbo are now out of it.
The Twins failed to tender contracts to Willie Eyre and Luis Rodriguez, making both free agents.
They have offered contracts to Jason Tyner and Lew Ford.
I know Willie was out of options. Thought Luis might still have one or two left in him. But guess not.
So it looks like the Twins expect to have BOTH Alejandro Machado and Jeff Cirillo as their infield bench guys. Ken Harvey could still be considered a longshot (depending on the Tyner/Ford sort-out).
Although Willie Eyre was far from spectacular for the majority of 2006, and I was one of the many calling for his send-off to Rochester to be replaced by Neshek before Guerrier became disabled), he is still that 11th (or 12th) pitcher. ooks like the Twins will give a major shot to Jesse Floyd, Carmen Cali or Mike Venafro or someone else to be the extra lefty out of the bullpen.
Except for the wanton need to clear 40-man roster spots (usually done BEFORE the Rule 5 draft) I really don't see why these non-arbitration eligible players weren't tendered. They basically are making a version of the major league minimum.
Also, interesting to note, why not keep them and use as trade bait (at least as a throw-in) for something during the next few months. Now both have decent major league experience, and do expect Luis to pick up with someone's major league roster fer sure. Given playing time (what, he went more than a month with just a couple of bench at-bats for the Twins, but DID shine when he played full games on the field).
Anyone see anyone affordable for the Twins in the non-tendered guys?