Twins invite journeyman lefty White to spring training

Updated: January 5, 2006, 8:38 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins signed journeyman left-hander Gabe White on Thursday to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

White joins veteran Dennys Reyes as left-handers who have been given minor-league deals by the Twins, who are looking for lefties in the bullpen after an offseason trade of J.C. Romero to the Angels.

White, 34, who split time last year between the Cardinals and Triple-A, has been in the majors since 1994 and pitched for five teams.

Reyes, 28, signed last month, has been in the major leagues since 1997 and pitched for seven teams.

Catcher Shawn Wooten, infielder Jason Hart and outfielder Andres Torres, all signed to minor-league contracts in December, have also been officially invited to spring training. Hart played for the Rangers' Double-A affiliate last season, Torres was in Triple-A with the same organization and Wooten, who played for the Triple-A team of the Red Sox last year and has 669 career major league at-bats with three teams.

Other players not on Minnesota's 40-man roster who were invited to spring training are catcher Kyle Geiger, catcher Kyle Phillips, infielder Luis Maza, infielder Tommy Watkins, infielder Glenn Williams, outfielder Josh Rabe, outfielder Denard Span, outfielder Jason Tyner, left-hander Ricky Barrett, and left-hander Glen Perkins. Span (2002) and Perkins (2004) are former first-round draft picks.

Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Fort Myers, Fla., on Feb. 19.

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