Twins sign three to Minor League deals for 2011 season

By: Kelly Thesier/

The Twins have signed three of their Minor League free agents to contracts for the 2011 season.

Right-hander Kyle Waldrop and catcher Jair Fernandez were signed to Triple-A contracts while outfielder Juan Portes was signed to a Double-A contract for next season.

Although the three players are signed to Minor League deals, they would be eligible to be taken in the Rule 5 Draft. So it’s possible that Waldrop could still be added to the 40-man roster before rosters have to be set on Nov. 19.

Twins general manager Bill Smith wrote in an email that the club did not anticipate signing any more of their Minor League free agents prior to Saturday’s 4 p.m. CT deadline and therefore the rest will officially become free agents and sign with any other team.

Among the team’s Minor League free agents are OF Jacque Jones, 1B Brock Peterson, RHP Tim Lahey, LHP Jose Lugo, INF Matt Macri, LHP Mike Maroth, INF D’Angelo Jimenez, SS Yancarlos Ortiz, RHP Matt Williams and RHP Charlie Zink.

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