We should all get together and send Darin Mastroianni a fruit basket for or something. Just two days before Christmas, the Minnesota Twins have outrighted Mastroianni to Triple-A Rochester. The Twins have a tight 40-man roster situation and Mastroianni drew the short straw.
A couple days ago, the Twins were reportedly trying to sell Chris Colabello to the Korean Baseball Organization, but Colabello nixed that idea himself. Colabello’s decision meant that someone had to be dropped off the 40-man in order for the team to announce the latest two signings.
Another real boost to the ego of Mastroianni was the fact that every other MLB team could have claimed him, but all passed meaning he will stay in the Twins organization.
Mastroianni found himself being the odd man out of a 40-man filled with MLBers who can patrol the outfield: Josh Willingham, Oswaldo Arcia, Aaron Hicks, Chris Parmelee, Chris Colabello, Chris Herrmann and Alex Presley. The outfield could also see Jason Kubel who might make the squad out of Spring Training, possibly Trevor Plouffe when Miguel Sano reaches the MLB level and the arrival of Byron Buxton is coming sooner than later.
Merry Christmas, Darin Mastroianni.