One of my favorite things about the beginning of Spring Training is the images we get along with. Between seeing favorite players back in action or getting that exciting first look at offseason additions, this is something to look forward to. The time has arrived.
We’ve all heard that Mauer had grown a beard, but we didn’t get to see it until yesterday.
More pictures have come today showing Mauer having shaved his beard. It’s sad. I think it fit him.
We have pictures of 2 of the newcomers, Hudson and Hardy, as they have reported early.
We have pictures of Liriano, Nathan, and Neshek, and a picture of Perkins, Slowey and Mike Maroth, a pitcher the Twins signed to a minor league deal this offseason.
*Update-Francisco Liriano has signed for $1.6 million, and Jesse Crain has signed for $2 million.
*Update-Pat Neshek has signed a contract worth $625,000 guarenteed and $75,000 in incentives.
*Update-The Twins have signed Brendan Harris on a 2 year salary worth $3.2 million guanteed and $650,000 in incetives. He gets $1.45 million in 2010 & $1.75 million in 2011.
*Update-The Twins have signed Matt Guerrier for $3.15 million.
Several Twins players have avoided arbitration today by signing one year deals.
According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune the Twins have signed J.J. Hardy for $5.1 million. Delmon Young signed for $2.6 million, with $50,000 in performance incentives. Carl Pavano has signed for $7 million.
In my opinion the Young and Hardy deals are fairly priced deals. I think, given Pavano’s injury history, he should have been given a performance incentive-laden deal.
Christensen hears that all of the Twins arbitration eligibles have signed and looking to confirm it.
J.J. Hardy is the ultimate wildcard on this team. He had an abysmal season last year, causing the Brewers to trade him for Carlos Gomez. He shouldn’t be as bad as looked last year, but he shouldn’t be expected to be as good as he was in 2007 and 2008. Hopefully he just needs a change of scenery.
What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.