Sarasota. Fla. – The Twins resolved one roster battle on Saturday by trading outfielder Michael Reed to the Giants, clearing the way for Jake Cave to make the team as the fourth outfielder.
The Twins received journeyman outfielder John Andreoli and cash from San Francisco for Reed, who was claimed off waivers from Atlanta in October. Andreoli, 28, batted .230 in 26 games with the Mariners and Orioles last season and likely will be assigned to Class AAA Rochester.
Trading Reed also opens a spot on the 40-man roster, which the Twins can use if of they decide to add a nonroster pitcher such as Ryne Harper or Mike Morin to the team. The Twins have 32 players left in camp; with four of them likely headed for the injured list, they still have three players to cut before Opening Day.
Berrios eyes opener
Jose Berrios wrapped up his spring camp by allowing three runs on four hits in 4⅔ innings in the Twins’ 8-7 victory over Baltimore at Ed Smith Stadium, and while he concluded Grapefruit League play with a 4.43 ERA, Berrios declared himself ready for his next start — on Opening Day.
“For sure. My mind-set is going to be different. More aggressive on the first pitch,” Berrios said. His spring numbers, he said, are the result of focusing on health and his changeup, and he considers both to be excellent.
The Twins rode a pair of four-run innings to victory, one highlighted by Jason Castro’s two-run homer, the other by Max Kepler’s three-run shot. Marwin Gonzalez, on the other hand, struck out four times, bringing his spring average to .115 (3-for-26) with 13 strikeouts.
Sano works out
Miguel Sano, the boot now off his right foot, worked out Saturday but clarified he hasn’t been cleared to hit or field yet. That won’t happen until the stitches are removed from his leg, probably on Opening Day, Sano said.
“I’m going to start working hard — more than what I was doing in the Dominican,” said Sano, who hasn’t worked on baseball since his Jan. 23 injury.
Sano will remain with the Twins until he’s ready to begin a rehab assignment in mid- to late April.
The Yankees’ lone visit to Hammond Stadium, with lefthander James Paxton on the mound, is the first of a three-game homestand to close the Twins’ Grapefruit League season.