After whacking nearly the entire coaching staff earlier this week, the Twins lost a couple more employees on the roster side on Thursday. You’d be forgiven if your first reaction to either name was “They were on the team?”
The Tampa Bay Rays claimed outfielder Johnny Field off waivers, while the Chicago Cubs picked righty reliever Oliver Drake up. As noted by Phil Miller, Field and Drake joined the Twins on the same day this summer, and depart on the same day in November. As not noted by Miller, Field and Drake is a great name for a line of overpriced shirts and slacks for business jerks at Macy’s.
For those who don’t remember the last couple months of the Twins season, Johnny Field was basically Robbie Grossman, Oliver Drake was an alright middle relief option, and both had names that could very well have been assigned to them by the FBI after they snitched on one of the Five Families.
What this all means going forward is that the Twins now have four open slots on the 40-man roster after also cutting Logan Morrison and Ervin Santana loose. Free agency starts today. They have a ton of needs (corner infield, middle infield, and the entire goddamn bullpen to start), and nobody quite knows what they’re going to do. If you have speculation, put it in the dang comments. If we hear anything, we’ll let you know.