By Brad Berreman @bradberreman24 on June 9, 2014
The Minnesota Twins are still close to .500 as we get into June, which is surprising in itself after the struggles of the last three seasons.
The signing of Kendrys Morales is a signal that they consider themselves contenders, so now some more decisions may need to be made in order to keep positive momentum going.
Here are five players the Twins can do without over the rest of the season.
Burton has a 6.20 ERA so far this season in 26 appearances, and if the Twins reshuffle their pitching staff soon he may be the odd man out in the bullpen.
Hicks is still part of the future for the Twins, but he needs some time in Triple-A as he adjusts to being strictly a right-handed hitter. For now, both player and team would benefit from a demotion.
Pelfrey was awful (7.99 ERA in five starts) before being sidelined by a groin injury. Now he's having trouble with his elbow, which puts the rest of his season at risk if he needs surgery.
The signing of Kendrys Morales already led to Jason Kubel being designated for assignment. Parmelee could be the next guy gone, perhaps with another demotion to Triple-A, as at-bats get harder for him to get from here on out.
Correia has not pitched well this season, with a 6.11 ERA in 12 starts (66.1 innings). Once the Twins start to consider one or more of their starting pitcher options at Triple-A, which should be sooner rather than later, Correia could be the next veteran that is jettisoned.
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