The Twins have removed six players from their 40-man roster after not claiming waiver, as first mentioned on the transactions page on MLB.com. Right handed Kyle Barraclough, Nick Vincent, Ian Gibaut and Luke Farrell were all removed from the list, as were left-handed people Andrew Albers and infielder Drew Maggi.
All players removed from the roster today are eligible to become free agents. Farrell, 30, has spent more time in the major leagues this season than any other player, throwing 24 2/3 innings with an ERA of 4.74, a strikeout rate of 22.1 percent and a walk rate of 11 .5 percent. It was the fifth straight season of major league action for Farrell, despite the fact that the Twins are already his fifth big league team. In 87 2/3 innings at the MLB level, Farrell wears a 4.93 ERA.
Vincent, 35, is the most experienced of the group and has accumulated more than seven full years of major league service over the past 10 seasons. He kept his opponents on one run in 12 2/3 innings, albeit with a tepid strikeout rate of 19.1 percent, an above-average gait rate of 10.6 percent and a fastball that averaged just 89.3 miles per hour reached. Vincent was supposed to be a free agent based on seniority anyway, so being direct is largely a formality.
The 31-year-old Barraclough worked in a setup role for the Marlins from 2015-18, recording 218 2/3 innings of 3.21 ERA ball with a hefty strikeout rate of 29.8 percent but also a bloated walk Rate of 14.3 percent. Since that time he has jumped a fair bit in the league and in 13 frames with Minnesota this season allowed eight runs with 12 hits and eight walks with 18 strikeouts – a 5.54 ERA total.
Albers, 36, returned for a third stint with the twins and was marked in a late season recall to the major leagues for 16 runs in 19 innings (7.58 ERA). He’s had a solid year in rotation for the Twins’ Triple-A daughter, recording a 3.88 ERA in 102 innings. Albers had spent the previous three seasons pitching with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, loging a 4.02 ERA in 266 1/3 innings.
Gibaut, 27, has only served 6 2/3 Big League innings with the twins. He held opponents for two runs during that time, but spent most of the year at Triple-A St. Paul, where he had an unsightly ERA of 6.80 with a solid strikeout rate of 26 percent versus a walk rate of 10, Scored 1 percent. He has now seen MLB time with the Rays, Rangers and Twins but only managed 5.40 ERA in 33 1/3 innings.
Maggi, 32, had picked his contract for the majors at the end of the season, but the Twins surprisingly didn’t get the veteran minor leaguer into the first major league game of his career. He’s spent two seasons in their system scoring a .252 / .354 / .456 stroke line with the best 16 home runs and a dozen stolen bases while playing shortstop, second base, third base and left field in triple-A on this one Year.
Today’s triggers will help open a squad seat for a Twins club that ended the year with eight players to be re-added from the 60-day injured list. You need to open up a few more spots to accommodate a 60-day IL group that includes: Kenta Maeda, Taylor Rogers, Alex Kirilloff, Cody Stashak, Devin Smeltzer, Randy Dobnak, Kyle Garlick and Lewis Thorpe.