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Updated: January 30th, 2014 4:59pm
Twins open a 40-man roster spot, unconditionally release Andrew Albers

Twins open a 40-man roster spot, unconditionally release Andrew Albers

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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The Andrew Albers story with the Twins was a good one while it lasted. But the final chapter may have been written Thursday.

The Twins have unconditionally released Albers, which allows him to sign as a free agent with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization, the team announced Thursday.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said last week that the Twins planned to go this direction, because Albers stands to make more money in Korea than he could in the States.

Albers pitched 17 1/3 shutout innings to open his Major League career. But the 28-year-old Canadian lefty has a fastball that sits at 87 mph and had little shot of cracking the active roster this year. He overachieved for a stint, which made him a good story for fans to cheer.

He was named Twins minor league Pitcher of the Year in 2013 with 116 strikeouts and 32 walks in 132 1/3 innings in Triple-A. That's a success story based on the pitches in his arsenal, but it was unlikely to translate to more big league success.

The Twins now have an open spot on the 40-man roster. 

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