Twins release a newly signed pitcher

This is a surprising move!

Aníbal Sánchez

Aníbal Sánchez | AP

Less than a month of being signed by the Twins for a one-year-long deal and $2.5 million, the Minnesota team have just released Venezuelan pitcher Anibal Sánchez this Sunday morning, according to several reports.

Mike Bernadino of Twin Cities Pioneer Press states that the Twins will give Sánchez $403 K as a termination pay, as he signed a non-guaranteed deal earlier this year. 


Regarding the releasing of the 34-year-old pitcher, Twins' general manager, Thad Levine, said to the media: 

We wanted to give him every opportunity to sign with another big-league team and compete for their rotation. I don’t think we’re over-evaluating or under-evaluating performances at this juncture. It had everything to do with what we represented. The opportunity was not there for him anymore


Minnesota just signed pitcher Lance Lynn this Saturday for one year and $12 million, as this move appears to be for clearing up space for the right-handed pitcher. Previously, the Twins also acquired Jake Odorizzi via trade from the Tampa Bay Rays.