I entered the pressbox at George M Steinbrenner Field just a little while ago and ran into a national baseball writer from the Mid-Atlantic region. I asked him what was he doing here.
"I'm here to write Yankees, although your team is more interesting," he said.
"It's been quite a few weeks at camp," I replied.
"Hey, YOU guys are the Yankees now," the national writer fired back.
That's the new perception of the Twins after an eye-opening run of acquisitions since camp started. They trumped their trade for Jake Odorizzi with the signing of Logan Morrison. Then they trumped that addition by signing Lance Lynn, which the Twins made official today.
Combined with what what did earlier in the winter, the additions of Zach Duke, Addison Reed and Fernando Rodney, and the Twins have added depth to lineup, the rotation and the bullpen. They have announced their intentions to close the gap between themselves and Cleveland in the AL Central.
Lynn will be officially introduced on Tuesday morning at a press conference at Hammond Stadium, then he will make his Twins debut a couple hours later against Baltimore.
The Twins had kept in touch with Lynn's camp, but were done adding players after they signed Morrison. Lynn apparently was sick of being unemployed and picked the Twins because of they look ready to compete. He signed for one year and $12 million - that's called having something fall into your lap.
This has been an unique camp, with a parade of new players coming in since pitchers and catchers reported about a month ago.
Phil Hughes makes his first start since March 3 tonight when he faces the Yankees. Hughes skipped his last start and pitched an extended session at Fort Myers for work on his slider and change up. He'll have a few good hitters to test himself against, including Giancarlo Stanton and Greg Bird. Masahiro Tanaka is on the mound for the Yankees. First pitch is at 5:35 p.m.
The Yankees made some news on Monday, signing infielder Neil Walker.
Byron Buxton, CF
Erick Aybar, 3B
Max Kepler, RF
Kennys Vargas, 1B
Robbie Grossman, LF
Bobby Wilson, C
Nick Gordon, 2B
Gregorio Petit, SS
Jordan Pacheco, DH
Phil Hughes, RHP
Brett Gardner, CF
Giancarlo Stanton, LF
Greg Bird, DH
Brandon Drury, 3B
Tyler Austin, 1B
Bill McKinney, RF
Austin Romine, C
Ronald Torreyes, SS
Tyler Wade, 2B
Masahiro Tanaka, RHP