Morillo Claimed by Twins

April 17, 2009 | 1:43 pm | 9  

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 Jason Hammel, who was acquired at the end of spring training from Tampa Bay.


  • David Martin | April 17, 2009 | 2:23 pm

    It is sad to see Morillo go, but he had his chance I think. He just walked too many people. God knows I wouldn’t want to stand in the box against a guy throwing 100 MPH with no idea where it was going.

  • Curt in Florida | April 17, 2009 | 2:43 pm

    I wonder whether it would be worth picking up Humber, a big potential guy with the Mets who seems to be Morillo’s doppleganger.

  • krockies | April 17, 2009 | 4:42 pm

    The other 20 teams don’t know what they missed do they Tracy. He will pitch in the Bigs. He made some strides in S.T.

  • DON | April 17, 2009 | 5:35 pm

    Do the twins have to keep morillo on the 25 or 40 man roster by claiming him?

    Also, how was it that koshansky was picked up by the brewers from the rangers? didn’t they claim him off of waivers, then send him to AAA? does the team who claims a guy off of waivers have to pay him his major league contract, even if he goes to the minors?

    thanks for all of the info,


  • Tracy Ringolsby | April 17, 2009 | 6:58 pm

    Don, in the case of Koshansky, the Rangers tried to do the same thing the Rockies were trying — to get him through waivers so they could take him off the 40-man roster because they had other players they wanted to add. Koishansky had an option remaining. In Milwaukee, they claimed him and then took Scott Thorman off the 40-man roster, opening a spot for Koshansky. Ironically, Texas then claimed Thorman and sent him to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The team that claims a player on waivers assumes his contract, and so his pay is contiengent upon whether he signed a split contract, providing a lower salary in the minors.
    The Twins don’t have to keep Morillo on the 25-man roster, but to send him to the minor leagues they do have to put him on waivers. Seeing as 20 other teams already passed on Morillo, the Twins, if they want Morillo in the minors, might figure it’s worth a gamble that nobody would claim him.

  • Tracy Ringolsby | April 17, 2009 | 7:01 pm

    Krockies, Morillo has a great arm and did make strides. I do think he will benefit from a change of scenery, where his past isn’t as well documented so there are not preconceived notions.

  • Matt Friesleben | April 17, 2009 | 7:32 pm

    Being a Rockies season ticket holder yet a lifelong Twins fan…this move interests me a lot. I agree that Morillo needed a change of scenery, and the Twins coaching staff has a great track record of reeling in young talent and refining control issues. Whether with the big league club or in their minor league system, Morillo should benefit from some very good people in that organization.

    That said, I’d also like to see the Rockies put in a bid on Humber. He just needs a little more time in the minors as a starter. The Twins rotation is one of the only rotations in the majors that didn’t really have an available spot going into the spring, and Humber shows good promise in that role. While Carlos Gomez was probably THE young guy in the Santana deal that excited the Twins the most, Humber has great potential in his own right.

  • Bob | April 18, 2009 | 4:01 am

    I agree with Matt: Humber would be worth a shot at this point; he was the #2 piece in the Santana deal behind Gomez.

    For the most part, I was pretty happy with the vast majority of O’Dowd’s moves this winter, but losing both Koshansky and Morillo to waiver claims was just a waste. It was pretty obvious a little over halfway through Spring Training that Joe wasn’t going to break with the big league team, and Morillo was right on the 25-man cut line. Why not put them together as a package at that point to see what other teams may have offered?

  • shawn | May 16, 2009 | 7:56 pm

    I thought that was a great pick up by the twins. Morillo is going to be a good pitcher do to the minnesota twins great pitching coaches.What i also thought was funny is that humber went threw waivers also.Everyone missed out on 2 great potenial pitchers.