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Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Colabello saw a hand specialist on Wednesday, during which he underwent an MRI, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Colabello suffered the thumb injury all the way back on April 23, and he was never quite the same since. He had been hitting .346 prior to getting jammed by a Grant Balfour sinker, but proceeded to go on an 8-for-73 slump that led to his demotion to Triple-A. After collecting 27 RBI in April, the 30-year-old drove in just 12 more runs for the remainder of the season. Despite making an effort to treat the issue, Colabello's future with the Twins remains uncertain, as the team will have to decide by Nov. 20 whether to keep him on the 40-man roster, or make a move to allocate space for some younger prospects. If the two sides choose to part ways, playing overseas is one possibility for Colabello.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: The Minnesota Twins have declined their $3.6 million option for 2015 on Burton, who gets a $200,000 buyout and becomes eligible for free agency after the World Series.
Impact: The 33-year-old had a stellar 2012 season for the Twins, posting a 2.18 ERA in 64 appearances with an opponent batting average of .186. But he regressed the last two years, with his walks going up and his strikeouts going down. Burton went 3-5 with a 4.36 ERA in 68 games this season while losing his spot as the primary setup man.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson's rights were sold to Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese Central League, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Johnson pitched just 13.1 innings in 2014 before a July demotion, but posted a respectable 10-7 record and 3.48 ERA at the Triple-A level. The 30-year-old will take his skills overseas, with his future in MLB currently uncertain.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Twins have declined Burton's $3.6 million option for the 2015 season, Tyler Mason of Fox Sports North reports.
Impact: With this development, Burton will become a free agent. He finished the season with a career-worst 4.36 ERA in 68 appearances.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pino (elbow) was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester on Monday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: The 30-year-old has not announced whether he'll accept the assignment or opt for free agency. Pino made 11 starts for the Twins this season, posting a 5.07 ERA in 60.1 total innings. In 16 Triple-A appearances (nine starts), he was much more effective, sporting a 10-2 record and 2.47 ERA over 73.0 innings.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bernier was outrighted Monday and will elect to become a free agent, the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Mike Berardino reports.
Impact: Bernier appeared in 124 games for Triple-A Rochester this season, hitting .280 with 54 RBI, six home runs and 25 doubles. The veteran minor leaguer appeared in seven games for the Twins late in the year, notching two hits in seven at-bats.