We’ll tackle the player transactions first. All the players cleared waivers, which wasn’t all that surprising given their respective seasons. Among the five, both Milone and Schafer could decline to be outrighted, and both decided to do just that.
Schafer said that he isn’t ruling out a return to the Twins, but with a glut of young outfielders, and the expected return of Eddie Rosario, he didn’t see much of a future with Minnesota.
Milone has pitched parts of the past three seasons with the Twins, much of it as a starter. In fact, 40 of his 49 appearances were as a starter.
He leaves the Twins after posting a 12-11 record for them, and a 4.79 ERA. Milone struggled to find the strike zone this season, and it resulted in a 5.71 ERA, his worst ERA by almost two whole runs over any other year in the big leagues.
After he was placed on waivers in May, he went unclaimed and made the surprise move to go to Rochester to work on his command. While he was with the Red Wings, he made seven starts, posting a minuscule 1.66 ERA.
Most impressive, however, was his 41/4 strikeout to walk ratio. He seemed to have found his command. But short starts and too many walks plagued his return to the Twins this summer. In 69 innings his slash (49 K / 22 BB / 15 HR / 1.5+ WHIP) left Minnesota’s front office scratching their heads over what Milone could bring to the table.
Whatever it is, it won’t be for Minnesota as the Twins have granted him free agency. In all likelihood, we’ve seen the last of Tommy Milone on the mound in white at Target Field.
TWINS HISTORY: Thursday marked the 25th anniversary of the Minnesota Twins winning the 1991 World Series over the Atlanta Braves. A day later, they celebrated with a parade. A couple of days after that, the Halloween Snowstorm dumped over 20″ of snow across much of the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota. It only seems like the Twins have been trying to shovel out from underneath it since then.