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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Friday, December 15, 2006
Twins - Signed Cirillo, Venafro, Harvey, Cali
Minnesota Twins - Signed 3B Jeff Cirillo to a 1-year contract; signed DL Ken Harvey, P Carmen Cali and P Mike Venafro to minor-league contracts.
Cirillo’s the significant signing here. He’s a million years old now, but he may very well be the Twins best 3B option in 2007 if he can last the year. It’s hard not to have a soft spot for Cirillo, the first and possibly only position player to go to Colorado and come out looking worse than when he went in. In his prime, Cirillo combined creamy OBP goodness with a gold glove before it was cool.
The others are all good signings as long as they stay minor league contracts, especially the dangerous signing of Ken Harvey. The Twins need DH help and, if you silhouette Harvey up for a Rorschach test, he certainly looks like a DH, if not one of Ronald McDonald’s cohort (ducking). His performance though, looks like a minor leaguer and when you combine it with the fact that he’s got Cal Pickering Disease (the condition of being a big fat man who ruptures something new in one of his legs every time he jogs), he really needs to stay off the roster. Even if he’s Former All-Star(tm) Ken Harvey.
Cali and Venafro, you should know, even if you’re someone who’s never heard of them. For Cali, dial up MLB Cliche #46B, Future LOOGY Wannabe with Command/Control Issues and Venafro, #53A, Southpaw Batting Practice Pitcher Who Is Getting Jobs Because He’s Lefthanded and Had A Fluky Good ERA Some Time Ago.
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