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Updated: March 30th, 2012 10:40am
Twins reportedly acquire first baseman Matt Rizzotti from Phillies

Twins reportedly acquire first baseman Matt Rizzotti from Phillies

by Phil Mackey
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Minnesota Twins appear to have found a new Triple-A first baseman.

According to multiple reports, the Twins acquired 26-year-old first baseman Matt Rizzotti from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for cash.

In 897 career Double-A plate appearances Rizzotti hit .318/.412/.554 with 40 home runs, including a .295/.392/.511 line with 24 home runs and 34 doubles for the Reading Phillies last season.

Rizzotti, a sixth-round pick by the Phillies in 2007, was originally drafted by the Twins in the 46th round of the 2004 draft, but he did not sign.

Chris Parmelee was likely to be Rochester's starting first baseman at the beginning of the year, but it appears as if he'll instead start for the big league club.

Aaron Bates, 28, was the primary starting first baseman for Rochester last year, but he owns a career minor league batting line of .259/.349/.376.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Chris Parmelee