Former Blue Jays Outfielder Kenny Wilson Claimed by Twins


Apr 23, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons smiles as he sits in the dugout during Wednesday night

It is certainly funny how things come around full circle. According to Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors (via a release by the Minnesota Twins), outfielder Kenny Wilson was claimed by the Twins off of waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Wilson had been designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on April 22nd in order to make room on the 40-man roster for outfielder Darin Mastroianni, who himself had been claimed off of waivers by the Blue Jays from the Twins, essentially completing a trade of the two outfielders. If that isn’t circular enough for you, Mastroianni was a former Blue Jays minor leaguer who the Twins had claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays in 2012.

Insert Keanu Reeves “whoa” here.

After a solid turn in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .258 with 2 home runs and 12 stolen bases, Wilson was a late addition to the Blue Jays 40-man roster this past winter, as the team wanted to avoid exposing him to the Rule 5 Draft. However, the 7-year minor league veteran owns a paltry .228/.326/.312 slash line and has yet to play a single game above Double-A.

The Twins have officially optioned Wilson to the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats. The Rock Cats, for the sake of keeping coincidences going, just finished a series in New Hampshire against the Fisher Cats, where Wilson was last assigned for the Blue Jays.