CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 06: First baseman Matt Rizzotti #76 of the Philadelphia Phillies takes the throw at first as Joe Inglett #79 of the Tampa Bay Rays gets back safely during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at Bright House Field on March 6, 2011 in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
The Minnesota Twins have traded for Matt Rizzotti of the Philadelphia Phillies, according to Jeff Shuler of The Morning Call. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting the deal is for cash considerations.
Rizzotti traded to twins. Details to come— jeff schuler (@jschulermc) March 30, 2012
Rizzotti is a 26 year-old first baseman out of the Phillies' system. He was originally drafted in 2004 by the Minnesota Twins (46th round!), and again by the Phillies in 2007 (6th round). In five minor league seasons, Rizzotti has compiled an eye-opening .292 / .388 / .482, with 24 home runs in Double-A Reading last season.
The move potentially brings the first baseman back to the team that originally drafted him in the Twins, and might give the club another option if Justin Morneau, and presumably Chris Parmalee, don't work out.