According to LEN3's blog today, the twins have trimmed their roster again today:
"The Twins have cut lefthander Mike Venafro, Matthew LeCroy, Brad King, Tommy Watkins and Glenn Williams. They are down to 29 players."
LeCroy is a bit of a suprise to me given Mauer's situation. I would have thought they'd wait until he played again to cut Matty, but the major suprise is Mike Venafro.
Venafro had a fantastic spring. So good, in fact, that he seemed to have played his way on to the team (he had a 0.00 ERA). Especially considering that the Twins stated sever times that they were looking for a second lefty for the bullpen to give Reyes some rest from time to time.
With the cut, Venafro can opt to become a free agent instead of going to the minors. I'm sure he will, and I'm sure some team will sign him. So, consider him gone.
The question now is: Why did the Twins decide to lose him? As I see it, the only way they cut Venafro is if they have decided that both Silva and Durbin will be on the Opening Day roster.
So did we lose a potentially valuable lefty arm in the pen jest to keep giving chances to one washed up vet and/or one ageing prospect who has never really lived up to his potential? Let the ranting begin.