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Updated: April 22nd, 2014 2:38pm
Darin Mastroianni claimed off waivers by Toronto Blue Jays

Darin Mastroianni claimed off waivers by Toronto Blue Jays

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by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com

When the Twins needed a 40-man roster spot for outfielder Sam Fuld, they designated for assignment Darin Mastroianni. That allowed them to take him off the 40-man roster but it also meant he'd have to clear waivers to be assigned to the minor leagues. 

Now, the Twins will lose Mastroianni, who was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Dustin Morse, the Twins Director of Baseball Communications.

Mastroianni will be optioned to the Triple-A Buffalo Bison in the Blue Jays organization. 

Mastroianni may have been the victim of a roster crunch in Minnesota, or the Twins may simply have decided they didn't have a use for him. Either way, they basically swapped out a fourth outfielder (with limited upside) for a 32-year old outfielder who projects as a defensive replacement/fourth outfielder.

That move is fine in a vacuum, but it's harder for Twins fans to stomach since Jason Bartlett still was on the 40-man roster at the time of the move. Bartlett announced his retirement last week, which led some fans to joke that the veteran infielder knew he was finished before the Twins did.

It's uncertain how the Twins plan to use Fuld. If he's more than a utility player for backup and depth purposes, he probably is overexposed

I wrote about Fuld in this breakdown of what he'll bring to the Twins. I also wrote a bit about him in this 5 thoughts column, which addresses the question of what Fuld's addition means for Aaron Hicks.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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