Yesterday afternoon, Mike Berardino announced that the Twins have officially made their first roster trimmings of the fall by outrighting Doug Bernier and Yohan Pino.
Bernier, 34, appeared in seven games for the Twins this season. He spent the vast majority of 2014 in Triple-A Rochester, where he hit a respectable .280/.348/.396. As a career Triple-A infielder, Bernier has carved out a decent career for himself but has never been able to catch on with a Major League club. He's already elected free agency.
Spending the last two seasons in the Twins organization, Bernier appeared in 40 games and hit .233/.352/.283. With plenty of experience at various infield positions and an improving offensive resume at Triple-A the last couple of seasons, although he'll be heading into his age-35 season Bernier should be able to find a job somewhere if he wants to continue playing.
Pino, 30, completed a comeback tour with Minnesota by pitching very well at Triple-A (10-2, 2.47 ERA, 72 strikeouts in 73 innings) and earning his first taste of life in the Majors. He battled with consistency, efficiency, and command at times but the totals looked good as, in 11 starts and 60.1 innings, he struck out 40 and walked 14. But the ERA was an unsightly 5.07. His FIP (3.94) and xFIP (4.08) looked significantly better.
Pino is expected to explore free agency, but could return to the organization as pitching depth. With his resume and with a season like 2014, most Triple-A teams might want to find room on the roster.
With both players now off the 40-man roster, the Twins have 37 players listed; 38 if you count Mike Pelfrey on the 60-day disabled list.