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More Roster Trimming - Venafro Gone

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.

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