The Minnesota Twins have claimed outfielder Sam Fuld off waivers from the Oakland Athletics, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. To make room on the 40-man roster, the team designated Darin Mastroianni for assignment.
Fuld, 32, was recently designated for assignment by the A's after hitting .200 with 1 HR and 4 RBI in seven games to start the season. He signed a minor league deal with Oakland during the offseason and made the team out of spring training, but was let go when Craig Gentry returned from the disabled list last weekend.
Fuld joins Jason Kubel, Aaron Hicks, Chris Colabello and Chris Herrmann in the Twins' outfield mix, and will likely see significant time as a starter throughout the season. He has played all three outfield positions throughout his major league career, and will provide much-needed versatility for Minnesota.
In parts of seven major league seasons with the Cubs (2007, 2009-2010), Rays (2011-2013) and Athletics (2014), Fuld is the owner of a lifetime .233 batting average with 7 HR and 58 RBI. He has a career 7.3 defensive WAR, and will provide good value for the Twins on the defensive side of things.