OAKLAND — The A's officially said goodbye to Sam Fuld Sunday morning when the outfielder, designed for assignment last weekend by Oakland, was claimed by the Minnesota Twins.

Fuld, who opened the A's eyes this spring with his defense and his speed, was DFA when the club moved outfielder Craig Gentry from the disabled list to the 25-man roster. Oakland had 10 days to make a move with Fuld but were unable to consummate a trade before putting him on waivers.

"Good for him," A's manager Bob Melvin said, happy that Fuld was able to land a big league job. "He's a great fit for them. I would have been surprised if they had not picked him up."

The Twins have been hurting in the outfield. Darin Mastroianni was called up April 10 but was hitless in 11 at-bats and the club is hoping the 32-year-old Fuld will be an upgrade from that. Mastroianni was designated for assignment by Minnesota to make room for Fuld.

Fuld, who can play all three outfield positions, was 6-for-30 (.200) with two triples and one homer before the A's replaced him with Gentry. Fuld is expected to join the Twins Tuesday.



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