Os claim Willingham from Twins, trying to work out deal
Josh Willingham was claimed on waivers by the Orioles late Wednesday night and the two clubs are trying to work out a deal, a source confirmed to MLB.com.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan would not comment on Willingham given the confidentiality of the waiver process.
Willingham was placed on waivers Monday, and the Twins have until noon Friday to work out a deal with the Orioles or pull him back off waivers. If the Twins pull Willingham off waivers, they can’t trade him this season.
The Twins could also let the Orioles take Willingham and the rest of his contract, but that scenario is not likely, as the Twins would want something in return. The 34-year-old is due roughly $1.25 million the rest of this year and $7 million next year.
A trade could make sense for both teams, as the Orioles are on the lookout for a right-handed power bat and remain in the thick of the American League Wild Card race. The Twins are on the lookout for pitching but would most likely have to eat some of Willingham’s salary to get a good return.
After winning the Silver Slugger Award last year, when he hit .260/.366/.524 with 35 homers and 110 RBIs in a career-high 145 games, Willingham has battled through a knee injury and has mostly struggled this season. He has hit .212/.343/.386 with 12 homers and 45 RBIs in 89 games and missed 33 games after having arthroscopic knee surgery in early July.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune was the first to report Willingham was claimed on waivers by an unknown team Wednesday, with the Baltimore Sun naming the Orioles as the club.
-Rhett Bollinger and Brittany Ghiroli