Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Twins cut Vasquez to make room for Mastroianni

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins offense, Twins pitching Updated: February 9, 2012 - 3:51 PM

The Twins claimed Blue Jays outfielder Darin Mastroianni off waivers today and designated righthanded reliever Esmerling Vasquez for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

Mastroianni, 26, is a comparable player to Jason Repko. He has good speed and can play all three outfield positions. He's not expected to make the Opening Day roster, but he will give the Twins some depth. He batted .268 with 34 stolen bases last year between Class AA and Class AAA.

The Twins claimed Vasquez on waivers from Arizona on Sept. 27, one day before the season ended. So his Twins tenure ends without an inning pitched. He posted a 4.15 ERA in 31 games for the Diamondbacks last year. The Twins now have 10 days to either trade Vasquez or pass him through waivers.

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