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Josh Willingham claimed on waivers by the Orioles

Aug 28, 2013, 11:22 PM EDT

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Via Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

Josh Willingham was claimed off trade waivers by at least one other team, a major-league source told the Star Tribune on Wednesday, giving the Twins until noon Friday to work out a trade or pull him back.

The source did not reveal which team has been awarded the waiver claim, but only one team has the right to negotiate a trade for the 34-year-old slugger.

The Twins can either work out a deal with that team, let Willingham go for free to that team or pull him back and keep him for the rest of the 2013 season.

Willingham has hit just .214/.346/.390 in 89 games this summer and is still owed over $8 million through the 2014 season. But he tallied 35 home runs and 110 RBI in 2012 while playing half his games at one of the more pitcher-friendly parks in the major leagues. The 34-year-old could be of help to a contender.

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UPDATE, 11:59 PM ET: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are the team that claimed Willingham off waivers and are currently trying to work out a trade with the Twins.

  1. mastermind2514 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    I would guess Cincinnati. They need a boost in that lineup and some depth in the OF.

    • mastermind2514 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Unless the Orioles have moved to Cincinnati it looks like I was wrong..

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  2. jimw81 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    phillies have no outfield.just keeping that in mind.

    • einjzmolf - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      They’re also probably not buyers considering their record..

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:57 PM

        He just wanted you to keep in mind the things the Phillies don’t have.

        It’s a long list so it’s nice to focus on just one at a time.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Funny….despite hitting only .215 his OPS is higher than Brandon Phillips….and actually slightly above average.

    • drewzducks - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:36 AM

      Brandon Phillips would like to have a word with you.

    • jwbiii - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:27 AM

      Choose one:
      [_] Fat
      [_] Average build
      [_] Skinny

      ______ motherf***er. I’m tired of you talking that negative sh*t on our team, dog.

  4. rgledz - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Classic Twins move……get rid of a talented player when his value is at it’s lowest point and get nothing in return. I shouldn’t say nothing in return, the Pohlad’s get to pocket the money and enjoy the stadium that we built for them. Pretty sweet deal!

    • Cris E - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Or, you know, see what a guy who isn’t in your long-term plans might be worth on the open market.

  5. pipkin42 - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    The Orioles have a terrible DH situation, I guess. I dunno how much help he can be for a month, but if they don’t give a lot up…

  6. ncm42 - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Can he pitch?

  7. larjones64 - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    The Twins never come out on the good end of a trade with Baltimore. DON’T DO IT TR,!

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