General manager Kevin Colbert said last week that Shazier is in the team facility five days a week working out and breaking down film with scouts.
Never once has he said, ‘Why me?’ Colbert said.
Earlier this month, Shazier stood in front of the PPG Paints Arena crowd during a Pittsburgh Penguins game — I felt everybody needed to see that, he said — and also posted a picture of himself standing with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
That was before his velocity took off on him, packing one of those sticks with a bandana around it, its absence felt in the first season of its departure in 2012. It was the first season since his debut that his ERA was above four and his innings fell below 200, and they never turned back.
But this offseason, he emerged from the ashes as a really jacked phoenix. I’m sure you remember the tweet. He might not be The Freak again, but maybe The Freak Who Settled Down in The Suburbs With a Wife and Kids. According to the reports out of his Feb. 15 showcase, he seems on track to do so. While he didn’t find his peak velocity, he wasn’t in the 88 MPH range like he was in 2015. In fact, he was tracked at 90-93 MPH.
It’s kind of a foregone thing when you’re there, to a certain point. Everyone ends up leaving, whether it’s time or dollars, Odorizzi said Monday afternoon after putting on his Twins uniform for the first time. I’m out, so I’m happy to go to be here to be on a contending team.
The Twins, meanwhile, have added about $21 million to the 2018 payroll, with Odorizzi enhancing the rotation and free agents Fernando Rodney, Addison Reed and Zach Duke boosting the bullpen. They’re also paying Michael Pineda $2 million while he rehabilitates from Tommy John surgery for the chance to add him to the rotation in 2019, and they have an agreement in place with reclamation project Anibal Sanchez for another $2.5 million this year, pending a passed physical exam.
Ameer Abdullah’s time in that drill was 6.79 seconds, and he was also a top performer in the 20-yard shuttle. Amari Cooper posted a 6.71 and excelled in the 40, while Michael Thomas ran it in 6.8 seconds and did well in the vertical jump and bench press, too. Never mind the fact that I can find zero evidence that any of these three have ever skied. They have the agility and overall athleticism to be solid additions to Team USA.