The Twins designated Ryan LaMarre for assignment last week to make space on the roster for Jorge Polanco, and I’m afraid I have some bad news: Ryan, he... he didn’t make it. The White Sox announced Monday that they have claimed LaMarre off waivers. LaMarre is the second outfielder the south siders have claimed from the Twins in the past year, with the other being Daniel Palka last off season.
How big is this loss for the Twins? Well, technically, not big at all. LaMarre did unexpectedly make the Opening Day roster this year and did well early in the season, but as a 30-year-old journeyman, he’s pretty replaceable. I mean, overall, LaMarre hit .263/.321/.313 over 43 games for the Twins this season, with 33 strikeouts while walking only eight times. That’s definitely replaceable, especially with Byron Buxton (hopefully) nearing return from the DL, Jake Cave, and Zack Granite hanging out in Triple-A.
But for awhile there, LaMarre was actually doing historic things for the Twins. And we’ll always have that 14-1 blowout by the Yankees when Ryan LaMarre came in to pitch. I wish we wouldn’t always have that game, but alas.
Good luck, Ryan, and thanks for the memories.