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Dodgers claim J.T. Chargois off waivers

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Well that was dumb.

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
So long, my friend.
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News broke late yesterday that the Twins had placed right-handed reliever J.T. Chargois on outright waivers, a.k.a. were attempting to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. The news was a bit unusual considering the Twins had no immediate need for a spot on the 40-man roster, and I speculated maybe the move was done because Derek Falvey and Thad Levine thought Chargois could pass through waivers due to his recent and/or current (?) injuries.

Bad news: Chargois cannot, and in fact did not, pass through waivers. He was claimed today by the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Twins media man Dustin Morse.

So the Twins just lost a young, hard-throwing reliever for what appears to be nothing. Yes, Chargois was injured nearly all of last year, and there were questions about his current health, but when healthy, the guy had good stuff — a fastball that can reach the upper 90s, a sick slider, and future-closer potential. What was the point of waiving him? I mean the guy was already at camp and took pictures for Twins photo day and everything.

Minnesota Twins Photo Day Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images
Minnesota Twins Photo Day Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images

Those eyebrows! That mustache! *Italian chef kissy fingers*

Jon Heyman reported earlier today that there are rumors the Twins are interested in signing starting pitcher Lance Lynn, but there’s no concrete news that they actually did sign him.

It is worth noting, though, that J.T. Chargois nearly made it all the way through waivers unclaimed, because the Dodgers did have the thirtieth waiver (read: last) position. But I dunno... maybe it’s time for Falvine to turn in their wonder boys cards.