Thirty-three years old is too early to be retired – at least in the eyes of two-time All-Star Carlos Quentin, who has signed a minor-league deal with the Twins.
Jon Heyman was the first to report the news, which has been confirmed by the Twins' communications department.
Twins Daily's Seth Stohs says the deal includes an invitation to Spring Training, which begins later this month. Stohs writes: "Nothing to get excited about, though not a bad risk to bring him to spring training."
Quentin, an All-Star in 2008 and 2011, didn't play at all last season and he hit just .177 in 50 games in 2013. But from 2008-2013 he averaged 30 homers a year while playing for the White Sox and Padres, according to Hardball Talk's Aaron Gleeman.
Gleeman adds that Quentin, if he makes the team, would likely be a backup first baseman/designated hitter who would face "mostly left-handed pitching."