4:35pm: The Twins announced that Byron Buxton has been placed on the 7-day concussion list and Morin has been designated for assignment. Rosario and Cron have also formally been reinstated from the IL.
4:12pm: Morin’s DFA will likely be one of the moves made to accommodate the returns of both Eddie Rosario and C.J. Cron from the injured list, Hayes tweets.
3:55pm: The Twins will designate right-hander Mike Morin for assignment today, reports Dan Hayes of The Athletic (Twitter links). There’s no word on what the corresponding roster move will be, although Hayes adds that a trade doesn’t appear to be pending. The Twins already had a pair of vacancies on the 40-man roster.
Morin, 28, has given the Twins 22 2/3 innings of 3.18 ERA ball, though there’s ample reason to be skeptical of that earned run average. The former Angels/Mariners/Royals righty has only whiffed 11 hitters in that time (4.8 K/9) and has benefited from a deflated .230 average on balls put into play against him. He’s done a nice job keeping the ball on the ground (47.4 percent) and avoiding walks (just two allowed), but Morin’s results have also begun to fade as of late.
In his past 11 outings, Morin has been tagged for 10 runs (seven earned) on 13 hits and two walks in 11 1/3 innings. He’s also hit a batter in that time, and two of the 13 hits he yielded have been home runs. ERA alternatives like FIP (4.49), xFIP (4.86) and SIERA (4.62) all peg Morin as a candidate for further regression, and Statcast also feels that he’s been fortunate to generate the results he’s gotten so far (.319 xwOBA vs. his actual .277 wOBA).
Minnesota will have a week to trade Morin, release him or attempt to pass him through outright waivers. He’s out of minor league options, meaning any team that picks him up either via trade or waiver claim would need to carry Morin on the MLB roster.
Weird move. He was decent.
Trade coming in minny????
Yes but nothing from an Insider.
Nothing to clear those cobwebs.
Klentak get ’em
I didn’t realize the Phillies were this desperate for bullpen help…
Then you haven’t watched
If you guys really want relief help, how about taking Hildenberger off our hands?? It’s not like his peripherals aren’t even that bad, I just really hate his gimmick.
Buxton just got placed on concussion IL
Smart move. The ERA was not bad but better to get of rid of him before he regresses than after. Baledlli clearly had zero trust in him.
Glad to see Rosie and Cron back.
That is the third 40 man roster spot cleared by the Twins this week.
I would venture a trade is imminent..
He shouldn’t have been throwing so many sinkers, really killed his strikeout rate.
His ground ball percentage was solid but hardly otherworldly. Definitely not good enough to support a 4.4k/9. That wouldn’t cut it in teeball. He was smoke and mirrors to this point as evidenced by his 4.86 xFIP and .230 BABIP which was 70 points lower than his career average.
Smith and bumgarner
Mets are in town
There better be a trade coming for one or more pitchers or the logic will about as bad as the application of statistics in this article. News flash: sinker ball pitchers want you to hit the ball and not strike out.
The Rangers need to get Morin. Not because of his stats, but I want Mike Minor to be relieved by his anagram.