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Twins sign career -4 WAR player to minor league contract

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His name is Jordan Pacheco, and seriously, his career fWAR is -4.1.

Rochester Red Wings PR director Nate Rowan announced that the Twins had signed the soon-to-be 32-year old utility infielder/catcher to a minor league contract. Pacheco is a career .272/.310/.365 hitter and has played in parts of six seasons, all in the National League and most with the Colorado Rockies, plus he has seen major league action at every infield spot except shortstop and pitcher.

Pacheco did hit .309/.341/.421 over 505 plate appearances in 2012 with the Rockies, seeing time at first base, third base, and a little bit at catcher, but he still amassed -0.6 WAR due to poor defense and the inability to hit for power in Coors Field. However, his worst season by WAR was the following year when he mustered just a .239/.276/.312 slash line over 262 plate appearances, resulting in -1.5 fWAR. He didn’t walk, he didn’t mash many taters, and if you can’t ding a lot of dongs while playing a mile high, you’re either really bad or you’re D.J. LeMahieu. His usefulness in the majors was evidenced by the fact that he received just 129 plate appearances in 2015 and 2016, thus he spent 2017 with the independent Long Island Ducks where he hit .273/.351/.420.

Let’s be clear here, acquiring Pacheco is simply for minor league depth. It is highly unlikely that he will see any time in the majors for the 2018 season unless multiple disasters strike or he becomes the Red Wings’ offensive MVP. So why did I bother writing about this? Because it’s something in this slow offseason, and something is better than nothing.