FORT MYERS, Fla. — Kennys Vargas’ days with the Twins may not be over quite yet.
Vargas was claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, two days after the Reds claimed him from the Twins. But something has changed in the week since the Twins first decided to part ways with the 27-year-old slugger: They have room for him on the 40-man roster.
Vargas takes the spot made available when Jorge Polanco was place on the suspended list last Sunday. But it’s unlikely that his reunion with the Twins comes with a job on the major-league team, at least for now. The Twins figure to place Vargas on waivers once again, in hopes that he goes unclaimed this time, which would allow them to assign him to Class AAA Rochester, available for call-up.
Vargas, who apparently never actually made it to Reds camp in Goodyear, Ariz., can join his new/old team for the moment, but he figures to return to waiver limbo shortly, because he is out of options and must be offered to the 29 other teams. That was obviously the Reds’ calculation, too; Vargas was an odd fit for a National League non-DH team that already has Joey Votto at first base, but they claimed him in an effort to stash him in the minor leagues.