Morillo Claimed by Twins
Juan Morillo will join the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins were 21st in line to put in a claim, and were the first team that was willing to put up the $20,000 to acquire the hard-throwing right-hander from the Rockies.
When a player is placed on waivers in the first 30 days of a season, teams with the worst records the previous season, regardless of league, have priority in making a claim.
To make room for Morillo on the 40-man roster, the Twins designated right-handed pithcer Phil Humber for assignment. Humber, a No. 1 draft pick of the Mets out of Rice University, was part of the package of players the Twins acquired fromt he Mets for left-hander Johan Santana.
The Rockies designated Morillo for assignment to make room on their roster for right-hander, who was acquired at the end of spring training from Tampa Bay.