Yesterday we posted about the Twins’ alleged lack of interest in bringing up top prospect Jose Berrios in the short term. Scratch that. They’re doing it. He’s being called up and will start for the Twins on Saturday.
Berrios did not impress in his partial season in the majors last year, posting a 8.02 ERA and walking everyone on the planet in 14 starts. He’s been fantastic at Triple-A Rochester so far this season, however, posting a 1.13 ERA with 39/8 K/BB ratio in 39.2 innings in his first six starts.
While the Twins could’ve gotten an extra year of control over him if they had waited until June 27 to call him up, they’ve got some serious rotation issues at the moment. They’re also contending, sitting in a tie for first place in the AL Central thanks, mostly, to a potent offense, so his arm would be a welcome addition.
The Yankees signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal this past offseason. Then they released him during spring training. Now they have signed him to another minor league deal. He’ll report to extended spring training where he’ll now try not to get extended released.
Lind is a platoon guy with little defensive value, but he hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Nationals last season, serving as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman and outfielder. The injury to Greg Bird and the impending suspension of Tyler Austin — he’s currently on appeal — will likely give him at least some opportunity to show that he’s still a big leaguer.
Which, yeah, he probably still is. Or at least would be if teams didn’t have 13 and 14-man pitching staffs and actually had room for a couple of bench position players. Such is not the current game of baseball, however.