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Blue Jays get Kenny Wilson back from Twins

May 11, 2014, 4:01 PM EST

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As first reported by MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, outfielder Kenny Wilson is headed back to the Blue Jays on another waiver claim. He was claimed away from Toronto by the Twins on April 24, but the Twins cut him from their 40-man roster late last week.

Wilson was batting just .195 with a .595 OPS in 50 plate appearances for the Twins’ Double-A affiliate in New Britain and is a career .228/.326/.311 career hitter in the minors. But he can boast 199 steals.

The 24-year-old was a second-round pick of the Blue Jays in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft out of a Tampa high school.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    He is very fast, but is a weak hitter. Not sure why he was originally claimed by the Twins and not sure why the Jays wanted him back.

    • tjwilliams - May 11, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      The Jays and Twins have been trading light-hitting speedy players back and forth for a while. The Twins got Darin Mastroianni off of waivers from the Jays two years ago. Then, this year they dropped him from the 40-man, he was picked up by the Jays who, in turn, dropped Wilson who, in turn, was picked up by the Twins. And now the Twins dropped Wilson who is going back to the Jays. Now the Jays need to drop Mastroianni so the Twins can pick him up again and the circle will be complete.

  2. byjiminy - May 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    I hope they do; Mastro would immediately become the Twins’ starting center fielder.

    • Cris E - May 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      I don’t know, man, have you seen the kid shortstop from AA they’ve been playing out there? It’s like he’s been doing it for weeks!

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