Twins Sign Reliever

2 Mar

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The Royals signed Juan Cruz. The Twins counted today by signing Carmen Pignatiello. (Yes, THE Carmen Pignatiello!) One source tells me that the deal is done, a second tells me that the deal may not be quite signed.


OK, not quite on the same level. Pignatiello signed today to a minor league contract. The lefty was the 20th round pick by the Cubs in 2000. He is 26 years old and has pitched six games for the Cubs over the past two seasons. Each of the past two years, he has pitched in 45 games for the Iowa Cubs. In those 90 games, he has 79 strikeouts and 35 walks in 88.2 innings of work. Like most relievers, he started his career as a starter before making the transition to the bullpen.


In reality, you can probably put him in the Mike Gosling, Sean Henn, Ben Julianel group that is trying to take an Opening Day job from Craig Breslow or Jose Mijares.


The signing was done quietly, kind of like the Twins minor league signings of other former big leaguers recently like Justin Huber and Ben Hendrickson.   

Exciting stuff, huh? Please feel free to leave Comments here.


6 Responses to “Twins Sign Reliever”

  1. thrylos98 March 2, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    He is pretty young and actually pitched pretty well outside the PCL… 2009’s version of Mariano Gomez

  2. roger March 2, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    Seth, was at the game Friday when Ramos threw out the two Yankees. Will be doing a report on Saturday on Twinkie Town which will go into depth what I saw on those throws…which is basically that I have never seen a better throw than the first. I think the Yankees agreed and tried running again and found it wasnt’ a fluke.

    Congrats on your new job with the Strib

  3. rosterman March 2, 2009 at 9:46 pm #

    The Twins also signed Kris Honel, a pitcher out of the White Sox organization. How many of these folks will make it out of spring training?

  4. thrylos98 March 3, 2009 at 11:14 am #

    Did they sign Kris Honel? This could be a great signing. He was one of the top prospects a few years ago and he had a Neshek-like situation (out for a year to rest his elbow, back the next pitching miserably hurt, out the next year with TJ surgery in 2006). If he is back, and with a full complement of options, he might be good fit up in New Britain (I don’t even think that he ever made it up to AAA, so he will probably stay at the minor league side of the camp)

  5. Jeremy March 3, 2009 at 11:49 am #

    I knew nothing of either Pignatiello or Kris Honel, so I did minimal research and found they both attended the same high school – Providence Catholic in New Lenox, Illinois.

    What are the chances of that?

  6. Ruth March 4, 2009 at 11:09 am #

    Hey Seth,
    I made it down to Florida – the sunshine is great! Just wanted to tell you Danny Valencia made a fantastic play at third in the game against PR yesterday. It was fun to see. Also Dustin Martin was very impressive in batting practice. He can hit the ball a long way!

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