The Twins pipeline is still very much in effect. Not sure if anyone posted this about the Ligtenberg signing, but I just saw it on the Official Reds Website.
"On Feb. 3, Ligtenberg participated in the annual University of Minnesota pro-alumni game at the Metrodome and threw a scoreless inning against the current Golden Gophers team.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan was in attendance, as were a handful of scouts. The Twins didn't have any spots for Ligtenberg, but he was offered encouragement.
...Always looking for bullpen help, the Reds were interested. Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky, a former Twins assistant GM, phoned Ryan and got a positive endorsement. Cincinnati signed Ligtenberg to a Minor League deal on Feb. 14, just three days before Spring Training opened."
I love what Narron had to say about it in the article too. It's just so typical: "'It's nice to have him here. He's a veteran guy,' Reds manager Jerry Narron said."