Twins add corner infield depth with signings

Twins add corner infield depth with signings

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins added to their corner infield depth on Wednesday, signing first baseman/third baseman Matt Hague to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. They also re-signed first baseman/outfielder Reynaldo Rodriguez to a Minor League deal.

Hague, the 2015 International League MVP while in the Blue Jays' organization, is coming back after a one-year stint with Japan's Hanshin Tigers. He hit .231/.339/.346 with two homers, six doubles and 11 RBIs in 31 games in Japan.

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He was impressive at Triple-A Buffalo in 2015, hitting .338/.416/.468 with 11 homers, 33 doubles and 92 RBIs in 136 games. He also played 10 games with the Blue Jays that year, batting .250 with a double and two walks

The 31-year-old has played in parts of three big league seasons with the Pirates and Blue Jays, hitting .226/.286/.262 with three doubles and seven RBIs in 43 games. He's a career .302/.377/.433 hitter in five seasons at Triple-A.

Hague's diving catch

Rodriguez, meanwhile, was Triple-A Rochester's MVP in 2015, but he served an 80-game suspension last season for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez hit .220/.304/.329 with four homers in 50 games with the Red Wings. He fared much better in '15, when he batted .255/.307/.446 with 16 homers, 34 doubles and 80 RBIs in 132 games.

They both give the Twins corner infield depth behind Joe Mauer, Miguel Sano, Byungho Park and Kennys Vargas.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.