Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Twins' Opening Day roster appears finalized

Posted by: Phil Miller Updated: March 27, 2014 - 2:47 PM

Jason Bartlett’s comeback attempt apparently will be successful, with the veteran infielder likely landing a spot on  the Twins' Opening Day roster. The  roster appears set after these moves: Scott Diamond cleared waivers Thursday, Alex Presley was claimed on waivers  by Houston and Chris Parmelee has cleared waivers and been outrighted to AAA Rochester.

In addition, non-roster catcher Dan Rohlfing will likely be reassigned to the minors. But with just two catchers on the roster – starter Kurt Suzuki and rookie Josmil Pinto – Rohlfing remains in camp.

Diamond has 24 hours to decide between free agency or a minor-league demotion. He said he has not yet decided which course to take. Parmelee does not have the right to opt for free agency because this is the first time he has been waived while on the 40-man roster.

Diamond and Parmelee both can take no more than a 40 percent pay cut from what they earned a year ago, while spending time on the major league roster. That means if both wind up at Rochester, Diamond will earn $282,500 and Parmelee $242,200.

The cuts mean Bartlett, who last played in the majors in 2012, and fellow utility infielder Eduardo Escobar will also serve as backup outfielders now that Presley is gone. Chris Collabelo and Jason Kubel have also apparently made the team.


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