Robinson among three outrighted by Twins

Robinson among three outrighted by Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins made their first roster moves of the offseason on Wednesday, as they outrighted outfielder Shane Robinson, catcher Eric Fryer and left-handed reliever Aaron Thompson.

All three players cleared waivers and can elect free agency. There are now 37 players on Minnesota's 40-man roster.

Robinson, who turns 31 on Oct. 30, played in 83 games with the Twins in 2015, seeing time at all three outfield positions. The six-year veteran hit .250/.299/.322 with seven doubles, three triples, 16 RBIs and six stolen bases.

Fryer, 30, hit .227/.370/.318 with two doubles and two RBIs in 15 games with the Twins. He also batted .293/.367/.360 with two homers and 19 RBIs in 67 games at Triple-A Rochester.

Thompson started the season in Minnesota's bullpen and got off to a hot start before struggling and getting optioned to Rochester in early July. The 28-year-old posted a 5.01 ERA with 17 strikeouts and 11 walks in 32 1/3 innings with the Twins. After being sent to Rochester, he had a 3.71 ERA in 17 innings, but wasn't called back up by the Twins.

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