I don’t get it. I really don’t. He had a 2.67 ERA as a reliever in Triple-A last year. He’s lauded for his sinker and getting ground balls. He didn’t walk many, and he struck out a solid amount of hitters for being the type of pitcher that relies on hitters putting the ball in play.
The Twins announced that they added RHP David Bromberg, 1B Chris Parmelee, and OF Joe Benson and Rene Tosoni to the 40-man roster. In my offseason blueprint, I wanted these four added to the 40-man roster, but I also had two other additions. One was 2B Steve Singleton. The other is the guy I just described above, RHP Kyle Waldrop.
The reason that this is such a big issue is because Waldrop qualified to be taken in the Rule 5 draft once the season ended and the Twins decision to leave him off the 40-man roster leaves him unprotected. Here are the possibilities I’ve thought of that explain why the Twins chose to do this with him.
1. Waldrop won’t be drafted by another team
This would be a gutsy call by the Twins. Considering all his success in the minor leagues, I can’t imagine that a team would not want to steal him.
2. There’s something the Twins know (or think they know) about Waldrop that we don’t know
I don’t know what this could be, however. It’s not likely anything to do with his makeup, because I’ve never heard any complaints about Waldrop. Besides, Benson made it onto the 40-man roster and he actually does have some makeup issues.
If it’s something to do with his potential in the major leagues, then I’m really curious to what the front office is thinking. The Twins weren’t exactly proactive with Anthony Slama either, despite the fact that he was even more dominant through the minor leagues than Waldrop.
3. Waldrop is going to be included in a trade
If you’re planning on getting rid of him before the Rule 5 draft, might as well not even bother protecting him from the draft.
I think the probability of any of these three things being true increases as you move down the list. Waldrop is probably fairly valuable in a trade right now, considering that he’s basically major-league ready and has a successful minor league track record. Who knows, maybe the Twins are trying to package him with J.J. Hardy.
If anyone in the front office says after the Rule 5 draft that they were hoping no one would claim Waldrop, I’ll blow a few gaskets, especially if Waldrop does end up on another roster. The only things that could make me feel better were if Waldrop was returned to the Twins, or the Twins worked out a trade with the claiming team to bring back someone that also has some solid potential. Regardless, I know that the one thing that would have pleased me the most was putting Waldrop on the 40-man roster in the first place.