Recently traded Mets player DFA'd after one appearance with his new team

It took only one appearance for the Minnesota Twins to throw their hands up.
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What were the Minnesota Twins expecting? They acquired Michael Tonkin from the New York Mets last week and after one appearance they've already pulled the plug by designating him for assignment.

Tonkin revitalized his career with the Atlanta Braves last season as a unique multi-inning option who did more than just eat innings. His 45 appearances included 80 innings of work and a 4.28 ERA. This is more than good enough to be anyone’s long man.

Unfortunately, he is already one-and-done in Minnesota. Tonkin allowed 2 earned runs in his 2 innings for the Twins. Although he struck out 5 batters, it was another poor result. At least he didn’t get the loss?

The uniform changed for ex-Mets pitcher Michael Tonkin but the results stayed the same

It's an all too familiar result for Tonkin. In appearances two and three with the Mets, Tonkin entered in extra innings only for the ghost runner and more to come across the plate. Tonkin took two losses in two straight games before the Mets saw enough to DFA him.

Since the move, things have gone pretty well for the Mets bullpen. Reed Garrett remains a trustworthy source for late innings even if each appearance begins with a prayer that this success can continue. The Mets have introduced us to Cole Sulser and Tyler Jay. They've joined the revolving door spot on the roster as optional relievers the team can shuttle back and forth from the minors.

Around two for Tonkin in Minnesota ended even more quickly than his tenure in New York. The Mets were fortunate to find any takers in a trade. The Twins may not be so lucky although they may not care. He doesn’t cost much more than someone making the league minimum. If he does successfully pass through waivers and accept an assignment to the minors, they could always revisit the experiment.

The free agent signing of Tonkin can't be considered anything but an error for David Stearns. A worthwhile effort for only $1 million, it already looks like the eject button was the appropriate move by the Mets. He won’t, as it turns out, end up as one of those pitchers they traded away too early.