Obviously, the big transaction of the week was the signing of Orlando Hudson and the still unresolved question of who will be removed to make room for him — but I’ve already talked about that and these roundups are usually focused on more under-the-radar maneuvers anyway. There is but one of those to talk about this week, and that is the Twins signing (from late January) of 2B Matt Gaski to a minor league deal.
Gaski has had quite a ride already in his short professional and amateur career. It appears he started his college career with Florida back in 2005 but after two years transferred to UNC-Greensboro, where he finished up. He had a couple of pretty solid years in Greensboro, enough to get himself noticed and at least get drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 34th round of the 2008 draft. Unfortunately, the rest of 2008 wasn’t that pleasant for him — he was assigned to the Padres Rookie League club in Arizona where he hit just .216/625 in 88 AB’s. Gaski was retained through Spring Training 2009 when he was released. Gaski moved on to play in the Mets organization, where he put up some decent numbers in low A ball. It wasn’t enough to convince the Mets that he was worth even a minor league roster spot, however, and he was released in the annual November player purge that most teams carry out. Now, he’s a member of the Twins.
I don’t have a good read on what role Gaski will play in the organization, but this has all the earmarks of a ‘roster filler’ signing. After all, Gaski has been released twice in as many seasons despite having offensive numbers that aren’t terrible. I would expect him to wind up back in low A ball with Beloit this year, but I could revise my opinion once I take a closer look at the organizational depth chart and slot in players to minor league rosters.