Chris Cotillo of SBNation’s MLB Daily Dish passes along the note this morning that the Twins have outrighted left-hander Pedro Hernandez off the 40-man roster.
Hernandez was acquired along with infielder Eduardo Escobar in the trade that sent Francisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox for the 2012 stretch run.
The Twins likely decided they had seen enough from Hernandez based on his lefty/righty splits. Left-handed hitters were held to a modest .290/.302/.403 batting line, while righties hit a robust .350/.425/.612 with 14 extra-base hits in only 120 plate appearances.
Overall, Hernandez was 3-3, with a 6.82 ERA (59 ERA+/172 ERA-), 1.82 WHIP, and 4.6 K/9 in 2013.
That brings the Twins’ 40-man roster to 35, with Samuel Deduno still requiring reinstatement from the 60-day disabled list.
With seven minor league seasons under his belt, it would seem that Hernandez could elect for minor league free agency after the World Series.
As an aside, Baseball Prospectus featured Hernandez in an interesting thought project late this season.