Miguel Sano has informed his winter ball team that he will not play any more games so he can focus on his conditioning while working on his outfield skills.
Sano, who was playing third base for Estrellas of the Dominican winter league, batted .241 in 15 games with two home runs and 6 RBI. He went into the offseason with a goal of losing 20 pounds so he could report to spring training at around 250. The Twins then asked him to start taking fly balls during batting practice to help with a move to the outfield.
While Twins officials were in Nashville this week for the winter meetings, Sano contacted them to let them know he was thinking about shutting it down for the offseason. Twins GM Terry Ryan had no problems with that.
``No because of us or anything I have talked to him about,'' Ryan said. ``I have heard that he's decided that he was going to shut it down and just work on outfield and conditioning.
``Whatever he wants to do, I'm OK with it.''
The addition of Korean designated hitter Byung Ho Park prompted the Twins to move Sano to the outfield.
JONES TAKEN IN RULE 5
The Twins lost hard throwing righthander Zack Jones to Milwaukee in the second round of the Rule 5 draft. Jones was a Southern League All-Star during the first half of the season but struggled during the second half and finished 3-2 with a 6.00 ERA.
Jones has a upper 90's fastball but has had trouble corralling his breaking ball.
The Twins did not select anyone in the major or minor league phase of the draft. Mike Radcliff, director of player personnel, said they eyed three players during the minor league phase of the draft. One was selected by another team, and the club decided not to draft the other two.
SANTANA TO OF?
The Twins remain in the market for a fourth outfielder, but they might already have one in house.
Danny Santana, who showed plenty of promise in 2014 but struggled and lost the starting shortstop job in 2015, is going start playing more outfield, a source with the club said. That gives the Twins options in case Byron Buxton crashes out during spring training, and if they need a backup outfielder.
Santana played well - and hit well - when he filled in at center field during parts of 2014. The Twins haven't forgotten about that.