MLB notes: Minnesota's Metrodome deflated for demolition

Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer at the Metrodome in 2006. (Reuters)

Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer at the Metrodome in 2006. (Reuters)

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The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was deflated Saturday as part of its gradual demolition.

The Metrodome served as home of the Minnesota Twins from 1982-2008.

The Twins have since moved into outdoor Target Field.

For the past few weeks, workers have removed items from the dome, including seats. However, the latest stage of its demolition involved deflating the Teflon-coated fiberglass roof, which took about 35 minutes.

Aside from housing the Twins and Vikings, the Metrodome hosted Super Bowl XXVI and two NCAA men's Final Fours.

Weather caused the dome's roof to collapse four times during its history, most recently in 2010.

JEPSEN WANTS $1.625M

The Los Angeles Angels and right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen exchanged arbitration figures Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Jepsen is asking for $1.625 million for 2014 while the Angels are offering $1.3 million.

Jepsen went 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 45 appearances last year.

He struck out 36 batters and walked 14 through 36 innings of work.

METS RE-SIGN QUINTANILLA

The New York Mets have re-signed infielder Omar Quintanilla to a minor league contract, ESPN New York reported Saturday.

The 32-year-old Quintanilla hit .222 with 21 RBIs and two home runs in 359 plate appearances last year. A quad injury to starting shortstop Ruben Tejada in May issued Quintanilla extensive playing time.

Tejada may win back the job this season but the Mets have also expressed interest in free agent Stephen Drew. If Quintanilla doesn’t make the club he’ll end up in with the Mets’ triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas.

DAVIS, O’S COME TO TERMS

The Baltimore Orioles and first baseman Chris Davis reached an agreement late Friday on a one-year, $10.35 million contract, CBSSports.com reported.

Davis' salary was $3.3 million last year when he led the major leagues with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs while batting .286. He finished third in the American League MVP voting.

The new deal would make the 27-year-old the Orioles' third-highest paid player behind right fielder Nick Markakis and centre fielder Adam Jones.

BRIEFLY

The New York Mets have signed left-hander John Lannan to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. The 29-year-old Lannan posted a 3-6 record with a 5.33 ERA last season with the Philadelphia Phillies ... The MLB Daily Dish is reporting the Texas Rangers have signed lefty reliever Rafael Perez to a minor league deal that includes an invite to spring training. The 32-year-old Perez hasn’t appeared in a major-league game since undergoing left shoulder surgery in 2012 ... After announcing his retirement in November, former NL Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter is “unofficially onboard” as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals’ front office, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


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