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Updated: March 29th, 2013 2:34pm
Twins RHP Alex Burnett claimed off waivers by Blue Jays

Twins RHP Alex Burnett claimed off waivers by Blue Jays

by Phil Mackey
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Earlier this week, Alex Burnett was optioned to the minor leagues.

Now he's no longer a part of the organization.

The Minnesota Twins announced Friday Burnett has been claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Burnett's lousy spring led to him not making the 25-man roster out of camp. He posted a 7.56 ERA in 8 1/3 innings.

In 2012, Burnett -- a 12th-round pick by the Twins in 2005 -- posted a 3.52 ERA (4.03 FIP) in 71 2/3 innings with one of the highest groundball rates (52%) on the team, but he struck out only 4.52 batters per nine innings and had sporadic control.

The Twins needed to clear room on the 40-man roster for outfielder Wilkin Ramirez, who is expected to provide right-handed pop off the bench.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Alex Burnett, Wilkin Ramirez