It has already been a rather busy day for Major League Baseball and so the Minnesota Twins decided to keep it going and jump into the mix. That being said, heading into the early hours of Tuesday evening, the club agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with veteran outfielder Drew Stubbs, according to a report from Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.
As Crasnick mentions, the deal does include an invite to major league spring training in Fort Myers, Florida, where the 32-year-old will likely fight for a bench spot, given the already full outfield which currently consists of Byron Buxton, Danny Santana, Eddie Rosario, Max Kepler and Robbie Grossman.
It has been a rather silent offseason for many team's when it comes to the subject of free agent outfielders, as Jose Bautista was the main focus after initially declining a one-year, $17.2MM qualifying offer from the Toronto Blue Jays, allowing him to engage in negotiations with other ball clubs.
Just about a month ago, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reported that the Twins had met with the 34-year-old veteran, however, nothing was made of the conversations which took place, ultimately bringing Toronto back into the mix as they later emerged as a leading candidate for the slugger's services.
With three switch-hitters and a righty, the addition of Stubbs brings forth depth to the corner outfield while adding another right-handed bat, given the fact of which both Grossman and Kepler have seen their fair share of struggles when facing left-handed pitching.
Looking back on Stubbs' 2016 season, he started out with the Atlanta Braves on a minor-league deal with a spring training invite after signing the deal in the final days of March. Stubbs would end up lasting until early May when he designated for assignment, and later released. In that same week, he agreed to a major league deal with the Texas Rangers. Looking onwards to August 31, the Baltimore Orioles had claimed his services off release waivers after he rejected an assignment to Triple-A Round Rock. At this point in time, he had become eligible for postseason ball.
As for his season statistics, Stubbs hit with a slash line of .225/.330/.338, alongside three home runs and seven runs batted in, in a total of 59 games played. Stubbs was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2006 amateur draft. He later signed in June of that season, followed by his debut in August of 2009.
For his career, Stubbs has appeared in a total of 816 major league games.