February may be chilly, but things remain hot in Minnesota, as the Twins have made a minor move:
The #MNTwins claimed OF Kyle Garlick off waivers from Atlanta. He's a right-handed bat with good pop in the Minors and a remaining Minor League option. Played for LAD in 2019, PHI in '20.— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) February 11, 2021
LHP Brandon Waddell has was DFA'd.
Kyle Garlick, a member of the MLB All-Grocery Team, has played in 42 games in his career, slashing .214/.276/.494 over parts of two seasons with the Dodgers and Phillies. But through five seasons of minor league play, he has posted an improved slash line - .288/.345/.536, averaging just over 18 home runs per season.
A corner outfielder, Garlick should compete for a backup outfield spot, though with established veterans (Max Kepler) and highly-touted rookies (Brent Rooker, Alex Kirilloff) ahead of him, Garlick may end up starting the year off the major league roster. But it’s not yet spring, so it’s too early to project.
To make room for Garlick on the full 40-man roster, the Twins DFA’d southpaw Brandon Waddell, who himself had been claimed off waivers on October 30.
The Twins will need to make one more roster move to make room for Alex Colomé. For now, welcome to the Twin Cities, Kyle!