During Thursday’s baseball game between the Twins and the Yankees, the Twins announced that they have claimed RHP David Hale off waivers... from the Yankees. You could literally hear the announcement being read in the press area in the background of the FSN broadcast.
Hale, 30, has only pitched 2.0 innings for the Yankees this season... which was against the Twins on Monday. The Twins, of course, failed to score any runs off Hale, meaning the guy still was a 0.00 ERA! Over his big league career, which spans 180.2 innings over five seasons, Hale has a 4.43 ERA.
What else can I tell you about Hale? Well, he was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and was drafted by the Braves in the third round of the 2009 MLB draft. He also has a degree in economics from Princeton University, even though he was drafted during his junior year. That’s right — he did baseball in the summer and went back to college at freaking Princeton in the off-season to finish his degree. What a nerd!
Anyway, the Twins have not yet announced what their corresponding move will be to fit Hale on the 25-man roster (probably because they are literally playing right now). The team did just designate Tyler Kinley for assignment this morning to call up Aaron Slegers, which, in retrospect, maybe they should have waited a few hours to do. I’m not sure if the team will turn around and send Slegers right back down to the minors, so really this waiver pick up might just be bad news for Tyler Duffey.
UPDATE [3:33 pm CT]:
Well, it was a fun couple hours, Slegers.
Slegers optioned— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) April 26, 2018