MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Kevin Correia, who joined the Twins on a two-year, $10 million deal earlier this offseason, made his first appearance at TwinsFest and said he was excited to meet his new teammates.
Correia, who has spent his entire career in the National League, said he only knew Ryan Doumit heading into TwinsFest, as they played together in Pittsburgh.
"It's nice to get out here and meet some of the guys," Correia said. "Hopefully, I'll get over and see the stadium too and meet more guys from the organization like the coaches. We're only a few weeks from Spring Training, so this is kind of like the first feeling of the year."
Correia added that it wasn't a tough choice to sign with the Twins, as the club was looking to add starting pitching and has had a history of winning before finishing in last place each of the last two years.
"It was a great opportunity, with them getting some guys to really improve this team," Correia said. "From people I talked to about the organization, the coaching staff and the city, I couldn't get a bad word out of anybody. So it was an easy decision for me."
Top prospect Sano a hit at TwinsFest
MINNEAPOLIS -- Third-base prospect Miguel Sano made his TwinsFest debut on Friday, and said he's excited for the upcoming season.Sano, 19, hit .258/.373/.521 with 28 homers and 100 RBIs in 129 games with Class A Beloit last season. MLB.com's Prospect Watch ranks him as the club's No. 1 prospect and No. 20 in baseball. He said it was difficult to adjust to the weather in the Midwest League last season, but he's looking forward to playing in Florida for Class A Advanced Fort Myers. "It was pretty hard at first because I wasn't used to the cold coming from the Dominican," Sano said through a translator. "But once I adjusted to the cold, I was able to get over the elements and not think about it anymore." He's been working on his defense after making 42 errors at third base last season, and he thinks his experience playing in the Dominican Winter League will help him. Sano hit .265 with four homers and three doubles in 20 games with Estrellas de Oriente. "I was expecting the competition to be a little tougher," said Sano, who grew an inch and is now 6-foot-4. "But I was just taking it pitch by pitch and game by game and trying to improve."
Twins may add another rotation candidate
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins general manager Terry Ryan hinted he might not be done making moves before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 10.Ryan, speaking at the annual media luncheon on Friday at Target Field, said there's still a chance the Twins will add pitching help. "We still have our eye on the free-agent market," Ryan said. "There are a couple of guys who are of interest to us. So we'll continue to look." The Twins have been linked to free-agent left-hander Joe Saunders in recent weeks, and reportedly made him an offer around the Winter Meetings in early December. Minnesota's rotation is currently set to include Scott Diamond and new additions Vance Worley, Mike Pelfrey and Kevin Correia, with the fifth spot up for grabs. Candidates for the final spot include prospect Kyle Gibson, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, and starters from last season such as Liam Hendriks, Cole De Vries and Samuel Deduno. Veteran right-hander Rich Harden, who was signed to a Minor League deal, is also a candidate.