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 release Albers so he can sign in Korea

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: January 30, 2014 - 3:38 PM

    Andrew Albers is free to sign with the Hanwha Eagles after he cleared release waivers Thursday, the Twins announced. Albers  reached a tentative agreement with the Korean team last week, and the Twins agreed to allow the 28-year-old lefthander to depart.

    Albers won his first two games with the Twins in August by pitching 17 1/3 scoreless innings, but he finished the season at 2-5 with a 4.05 ERA. He was named the organization's Minor League pitcher of the year after the season for his 11-5, 2.86 season with Class AAA Rochester. But with the addition of free agents Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes, Albers' chances of winning a spot in the rotation this year were greatly reduced, and the Twins agreed to allow him to pursue a more lucrative contract overseas.

    Albers' departure leaves a spot open on the Twins' 40-man roster.


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