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Twins sign Chris Heisey to minor-league deal

Outfielder joins fifth team in eight seasons in big leagues

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The Twins have signed outfielder Chris Heisey to a minor-league deal, the team announced. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, which began Tuesday for the Twins.

Heisey, 33, will be with his fifth team in his eight-year major-league career after playing with the Reds, Dodgers, Blue Jays and Nationals previously. Heisey broke into the majors with the Reds in 2010, four years after being drafted by the club in the 17th round.

Primarily a left fielder, Heisey played in 543 games in parts of five seasons with Cincinnati, slashing .247/.299/.422 while hitting 50 home runs — 18 of which came in 2011 — and knocking in 147 runs. However, he was traded to the Dodgers after the 2014 season. Heisey played only 30 games for Los Angeles in 2015 during a season in which he was released by the club, then picked up by the Blue Jays and then traded back to the Dodgers for a player to be named later and cash considerations after not playing a single game in Toronto.

After being released by the Dodgers again at season’s end, he latched onto the Nationals, where he played in 2016 and 2017. Hersey played a total of 121 games, hitting only .197/.265/.385 with 10 homers and 22 RBI.