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Twins outright Milone, four others to triple-A Rochester

A bunch of the Twins’ misfit toys were kicked off the 40 man roster to make space for the impending Rule 5 Draft and injury returnees.

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Shhh. Don’t speak, Tommy.
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Were you starting to get nostalgic for some Twins roster moves? Well you’re in luck! On Monday the team outrighted five players to triple-A Rochester, meaning they were removed from the 40-man roster and cleared waivers.

The biggest name of the bunch is Tommy Milone, who has basically been an AAAA player as a Twin. He 19 MLB appearances in 2016, including 12 starts. He had a 5.71 ERA, which isn’t very good. Hence the whole no other team bothering to claim him thing.

The other players aren’t too surprising: Pat Dean, Andrew Albers, James Beresford, and Logan Schafer.

The roster moves will make extra room for Glen Perkins, Phil Hughes, and Danny Santana once they are reinstated off the 60-day DL. It also creates two extra spots on the 40-man roster for prospects to be added and protected from the Rule 5 draft. One of those prospects will most surely be catcher Mitch Garver, who is currently playing in the AFL.

The Rule 5 draft takes place in December.

UPDATE: Per Mike Berardino, Milone has declined the outright to AAA, and will now be a free agent.

It was nice knowing ya, Tommy.