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Minnesota Twins Outright Darin Mastroianni to Triple-A

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.

The move did allow the Twins to announce the signings of pitcher Mike Pelfrey and catcher Kurt Suzuki on Monday.

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.

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  • Mike Garone

    What is wrong with Ryan ..COLABELLO to Korea ?? He is a perfect DH ..get you 20 to 30 hrs.. good OBP.. not saying he would be another Ortiz ..but they already made the mistake ..not seeing the positive .. just weakness .. although ..I’m pretty sure Gardy is behind this ..for some weird reason gardy does not like him

    • Paul

      I think Gardy actually LIKES Colabello. I like Colabello. Great story and after a great season in AAA where he earned both rookie of the year and MVP honors, you have to give him another chance and I’m glad Chris decided to turn down a trip to Korea.

  • Leon Engelun

    I like Mastrioanni. He has a good bat as a lead off hitter and he runs faster than a deer. His arm is good. The Twins have lots of outfielders. Hicks ( my opinion) is not that good. He seems overwhelmed by the big leagues. But what do I know? That is why I sit at home and watch the games on tv and couch coach.

    • Paul

      Hicks has the talent to be a very good big leaguer. He’s not Byron Buxton, but he has the talent to be very good if he can settle down and hit at the MLB level. Right now he’s reminding me a lot more of Joe Benson, someone I thought was a can’t miss 5-tool prospect who never figured out how to put it all together above AA. I hope that’s not the path for Hicks. An outfield of Hicks/Buxton/Arcia would be quite a force if all can live up to their hype/potential.

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