The Blue Jays have claimed Chris Colabello off waivers. The #MNTwins roster is now at 39.— Dustin Morse (@Twins_morsecode) December 8, 2014
Chris Colabello: "I’m thankful to the Twins for the opportunity they gave me in the past, and I’m looking forward to a new beginning."— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) December 8, 2014
#BlueJays like that Colabello has a minor-league option remaining, view him as RH bat to replace John Mayberry, who was non-tendered.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 8, 2014
Minnesota's 40-man roster now stands at 39. The obvious takeaway is that there's now space on the roster if the team wants to take part in Thursday's Rule 5 draft, but it also opens up flexibility for a trade or free agent signing. Even if Colabello hadn't been claimed by Toronto, he was on his way off of the 40-man. After hitting .214/.284/.364 in 401 plate appearances between 2013 and 2014, it's not a surprise that the Twins have decided the roster spot could be better used.
I'll update this post with links to Colabello's history with the Twins.
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