In one of the more surprising moves of the MLB offseason so far, it was revealed that the Minnesota Twins have placed popular and productive outfielder Eddie Rosario on the waivers list.
Rosario, who is set for arbitration in the upcoming season and would likely command a salary in the range of $10 million-per-year, will likely be non-tendered by the Twins if there isn’t a team willing to claim him.
The Puerto Rican outfielder was one of the Twins’ most consistent sources of offense over the past four seasons. Although he had a strong season in 2020, it still wasn’t his greatest, hitting .257 with a .316 on-base percentage, along with 13 home runs and 42 RBI in 57 games.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MLB lost a lot of revenue—causing Rosario’s salary to take a major hit. That being said, the Twins’ front office still didn’t feel like paying him, despite his strong popularity amongst fans.
Rosario will most likely become a free agent and start to look for another team. Many squads could use his lefty bat and power production, albeit on a reduced salary than what he would have earned in arbitration.