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Updated: April 20th, 2014 1:35pm
Twins claim outfielder Sam Fuld from Oakland

Twins claim outfielder Sam Fuld from Oakland

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by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com

The Twins on Sunday claimed outfielder Sam Fuld, who had been designated for assignment by the Oakland Athletics. 

Here's an excerpt from what I wrote at the time Oakland designated him:

Fuld is 32 and has a career batting line (841 plate appearances) of .233/.312/.334. He's a fourth outfielder at best. In more than 1,800 innings on defense, Fuld accumulated 16 Defensive Runs Saved, according to FanGraphs. His Ultimate Zone Rating per 150 games (FanGraphs) is 9.1. Defensive stats admittedly are not yet perfect but when taken over a large enough sample size, they can help paint a picture about a player.

So, why does any of this matter?

The Twins currently have a three-man bench because they're carrying a 13-man pitching staff. When Josh Willingham hit the DL, the Twins chose to recall Michael Tonkin instead of a position player. I don't know if it's because they feel they already need a 13-man staff or because of the dearth of options for outfielders. If it's the latter, they should be exploring upgrades in the outfield.

If Oakland makes him available, Fuld could be a potential fit.

Minnesota probably would have to decide if Fuld is worth having over a guy like Darin Mastroianni. Even with the current roster limitations, it wouldn't make much sense to have two speedy fourth outfielder types on the bench.

In fact, Mastroianni was the roster casualty to add Fuld. The Twins DFA'd Mastroianni to clear room on the 40-man and 25-man rosters. 

Fuld will join the Twins in Tampa Bay and be in uniform for Tuesday night's game, the team announced.

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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