MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins placed left fielder Eddie Rosario on outright waivers on Tuesday, an early indication that Rosario could be a prime non-tender candidate at Wednesday’s 7 p.m. deadline.
The club has not confirmed the report.
Any team can claim Rosario until noon Wednesday and assume responsibility for Rosario’s salary in 2021, which would be his final season of arbitration eligibility. Rosario and the Twins agreed to a $7.75 million salary for the ’20 season and he would be due for a significant raise.
If he goes unclaimed, Rosario would become a free agent if the Twins decide not to tender him a contract for ’21.
Since Rosario’s debut for the Twins with a homer in his first career plate appearance in 2015, he ranks third on the Twins with 119 long balls and leads the club with 388 RBIs.
But his free-swinging tendencies and low on-base rates have limited his value. His spot on the club is also in jeopardy due to the Twins’ abundance of young corner outfielders, following the debuts of both No. 2 prospect Alex Kirilloff and No. 12 prospect Brent Rooker in 2020.
Also on Tuesday the New York Mets reached an agreement with 31-year-old right-hander Trevor May, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement is subject to a successful physical.
May had a 3.86 ERA in 24 relief appearances for the Twins last season, striking out 38 and walking seven in 23 1/3 innings while allowing 20 hits with a career-high fastball velocity averaging 96.66 mph.
May is 23-21 with a 4.44 ERA in his big league career.