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The Twins have signed Chris Heisey to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement (h/t MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, on Twitter). The veteran receives an invitation to MLB Spring Training.

Heisey, 33, impressed the Nationals enough as a bench piece in 2016 to sign a major-league deal to return for the following season. He struggled through an injury-plagued year, though, taking just 79 plate appearances and carrying a terrible .162/.215/.270 slash line. The Nats ended up cutting Heisey loose just before the trade deadline.

It’s conceivable that Heisey could challenge for a reserve outfield role in camp, but he’ll need to show that the disappointing 2017 campaign is now firmly in the rearview mirror. At his best, Heisey has provided solidly average output in all areas of play with some pop at the plate. He has actually been quite a bit better against right-handed pitching over his career, so he likely won’t represent a possibility to serve as the lefty-mashing bat that the Twins have sought.

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