Former major league reliever LaTroy Hawkins has been hired by the Twins as a special assistant, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports.
Hawkins, 44 next month, was selected by the Twins in the seventh round of the 1991 draft. He’d spend nine seasons in the majors with the Twins, from 1995-2003 before moving on. By the time Hawkins retired after the 2015 season, he pitched for 11 different teams, but it’s not shocking he has a special affinity for the Twins.
On Twitter, Hawkins says he is “very excited to get to work building a winner.”
The Rays announced on Tuesday that the club acquired outfielder Peter Bourjos from the White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
As all three starting outfield jobs in Tampa Bay are spoken for, Bourjos is looking at a bench role to open the 2017 regular season. Last season with the Phillies, Bourjos hit .251/.292/.389 with 20 doubles, 23 RBI, and 40 runs scored in 383 plate appearances. The bat is still weak, but he also still plays solid defense and runs the bases well.
The Reds claimed second baseman Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Tuesday.
Gennett, who turns 27 years old on May 1, was expendable as the Brewers planned to use Jonathan Villar on an everyday basis at second base. He’ll provide infield depth in Cincinnati.
Over parts of four seasons in the majors, Gennett has hit .279/.318/.420 with 35 home runs and 160 RBI in 1,637 plate appearances.