The Twins signed three players to minor league contracts, including Taylor Featherston, who played 17 games for Tampa Bay last season.
Outfielder James Ramsey and catcher Wynston Sawyer also joined the organization, it was announced by officials of the Twins' top farm team, the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings.
Featherston, 28, had two home runs and hit .179 for the Rays. He spent the rest of 2017 at Class AAA Lehigh Valley and Class AAA Durham, batting .237/.316/.370 in 77 games, with seven home runs.
Sawyer was in Class AA Tulsa last year. The 26-year-old was taken by the Orioles in the eighth round in 2010 out of Scripps Ranch (Calif.) High School.
Ramsey was drafted by the Twins in the 22nd round in 2011 out of Florida State, but he returned for his senior season and was taken in the first round (23rd overall) by St. Louis in 2012. The 27-year-old was released by the Seattle organization last year and was injured. In 2016 he hit .265/.342/.416 in 110 games for Class AAA teams in Tacoma and Oklahoma City.
The @Twins were the 1st team to draft me in 2011, and I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for the organization.— James Ramsey (@jamesramsey23) December 15, 2017
Now I get a chance to be a part of this great team. Fired up for this opportunity with the #MNTwins!
Featherston photo courtesy Fort Worth Star Telegram