The Minnesota Twins have kicked off the off-season roster moves this afternoon. Betsy Helfand of the St Paul Pioneer Press was first to report that the Twins have outrighted outfielders Ian Miller and Ryan LaMarre as well as infielder Ronald Torreyes off of the 40-man roster. These moves leave 37 players on the roster.
Miller was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Twins for cash in early August. As a September call-up for outfield depth, he appeared in 12 games, batting .176/.176/.235 with a double, an RBI, and three strikeouts. He will report back to AAA Rochester and does not get to go through waivers or elect free agency.
LaMarre was familiar to Twins Territory as he had spent some time with the team in 2018. He was signed by the Twins in early September after he finished up the season with the Atlanta Braves’ AAA affiliate. He got on the Bomba Squad list with two homers in 14 games, batting .217/.308/.478 with three RBI and a stolen base. If he clears waivers, he can choose to be a free agent.
Torreyes spent the season in the minors and was called up in September as well. He’ll also have the option to become a free agent if he makes it through waivers. In seven games with the Twins, he hit .188/.235/.188 with an RBI and a stolen base.
These moves are not major at all, and not really a surprise, but help make room early on in the off-season to prepare for the Rule 5 Draft. We’ll most likely see some prospects and minor-leaguers get moved to the 40-man to keep them safe from being selected.
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