With the non-tender deadline looming tomorrow, one player on the Minnesota Twins roster has had his name plastered all over such discussions surrounding the deadline. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Twins have gotten the ball rolling.
Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario is on outright waivers, sources tell The Athletic. The move is the clearest sign yet he will be non-tendered. Twins essentially giving him chance to be claimed by team that might pay him his projected arbitration salary of $9.6M. 1/1— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 2, 2020
The time has come: Eddie Rosario has been put on outright waivers and is most likely going to become a free agent. Rosario has been projected to net around $9.6 million for the 2021 campaign, which is not nearly what he should receive given his recent production. The Puerto Rican has spent the entirety of his professional career with Minnesota, batting .277/.310/.478 (.788) with 119 bombas and 388 RBI in six seasons. According to Baseball Reference, he accumulated a 10.7 oWAR but a -1.5 dWAR in his time with the club.
In conjunction with the news, Rosenthal also tweeted the the Twins front office had tried to trade Rosie this winter, but to no avail. Teams have until 1p tomorrow to claim Rosario and if they don’t, the Twins may try to get Rosario to agree to a lesser salary because of it, or he’ll become a free agent. Once Rosario is off the roster, this will open up the outfield spot for prospects like Alex Kirilloff and Brent Rooker, both who made their major-league debuts during the shortened 2020 season.
Here’s a great memory of Rosie for those who need a bright spot: