March 27, 2007

Venafro Cut and More

The Minnesota Twins have cut left-hander Mike Venafro before the game today. Being a veteran, Venafro has the right to reject an assignment to the minor leagues and become a free agent. However, according to La Velle, he said that he feels comfortable with the organization and will possibly go to Rochester. I was very surprised that he was cut, and would also be surprised if he stayed because I see a chance that other teams might want him.

The Twins also cut Matt LecRoy, Glenn Williams, Brad King and Tommy Watkins. None of these cuts come as a surprise, and there is still no word on whether Lecroy will go to the minor leagues. With these cuts, they now need to make only four more as they now stand at 29 players left in major league camp.

La Velle said that moves after today's game could come as well. He said with Venafro cut, that it looks as if the Twins will go with 11 pitchers instead of 12. He mentions that Durbin could possibly clear waivers after pitching so poorly, and there is no reason to keep him on the major league roster.

The worst news of all, is that he said it seems as if the Twins are leaning towards having Carlos Silva in the rotation to start the season. That would also mean that Matt Garza would be sent to the minors. I'll have more on this as we hear about more cuts and roster moves.

Make sure to check back after the game today for both a game recap and possibly more roster moves by the Twins. Also, don't forget to catch today's game on ESPN.