Needing to create a roster spot for the newly-signed Kurt Suzuki, the Twins were in talks with the LG Twins from the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) to exchange first baseman Chris Colabello for upwards of $1 million. However, with the transaction needing Colabello's stamp of approval, the 30-year old instead chose to reject the opportunity, according to the Pioneer Press' Mike Berardino.
Colabello made his major league debut last season, batting a paltry .194/.287/.344 with 7 homers and 17 RBI in 181 plate appearances while playing first base, right field, and designated hitter. However, he fared much better at Triple-A Rochester, where he mashed a .352/.427/.639 triple-slash with 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 391 plate appearances as he was an International League All-Star and received the IL's MVP award.
Berardino points out that six players have been purchased by Korean teams in the past week, and Giants first baseman Brett Pill was the latest to move overseas, so while these types of moves are not well-publicized, they do happen quite often. Colabello seemed to join that group, but he ultimately turned down the chance at a better-paying contract overseas to continue his dream of playing in MLB, as he told Berardino.
This move - er, lack of a move - means that the Twins must find another way to clear a 40-man roster spot for Suzuki. I know us Twins fans feel that catcher Eric Fryer is a clear choice, but that would leave the Twins with only 3 catchers on the 40-man roster. Another could be Chris Parmelee, which would clear the outfield/designated hitter logjam the Twins currently possess just as if Colabello had been removed. If the Twins felt that Colabello was expendable enough to sell him to a Korean team, then there's a possibility that they just designate him for assignment anyway as an alternative move, but that's just my own speculation.