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Twins talking to free agent reliever Todd Coffey

Jan 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Based on their projected roster and plans to slice about $15 million off last season’s payroll the Twins’ lone remaining move this offseason figures to be adding a veteran right-handed reliever for around $2 million.

According to Phil Mackey of they’ve been talking to 31-year-old right-hander Todd Coffey, who’s also reportedly been in touch with the Nationals about re-signing.

With his sizable gut and sprint to the mound Coffey seems like a sideshow, but over the past three seasons he posted a 3.68 ERA and 167/64 K/BB ratio in 206 innings. That includes a 3.62 ERA and 46/20 K/BB ratio in 60 innings for the Nationals last season, which was a bargain or $1.35 million.


  1. Brandon Warne - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    This would put the bow on a relatively good offseason for the Twins, I think.

    • byjiminy - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      I’m not against the signing. But isn’t the appropriate metaphor really putting lipstick on a pig, not a bow? It depends on what you’re wrapping I suppose. (Rotting fish?) But next year’s roster isn’t exactly a big Christmas present from ownership. We lost 99 games and three top free agents, and cut 15M of payroll. We lost Joe Nathan, but we got…Todd Coffey! Yay?

      • Brandon Warne - Jan 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        Nah. The moves adequately bolster a team that will only be good if two large question marks — Mauer and Morneau, and to a lesser extent Span/Liriano — are healthy and productive.

        To cut payroll in the meantime is simply a talking point. Spending another 15 million would go towards what, exactly? Bullpen?

        That 15 million would likely get two more viable pieces, which wouldn’t matter one bit if Mauer/Morneau weren’t healthy. It would just make the Twins a .500 team rather than 90 loss team.

      • wlschneider09 - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

        um, a starter perhaps?

      • Brandon Warne - Jan 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        If Marquis doesn’t work….WHEN Marquis doesn’t work out, you just go to the well and bring up Liam Hendriks.

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Couldn’t we just take back the $3 M we gave to Marquis and sign Oswalt to a one-year deal with a low(ish) base and loaded with incentives?!

  3. kopy - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    This wouldn’t be a bad signing, but as a Twins fan, I think it’s better that we let the Nationals sign Coffey and then we trade Span for him.

    • kopy - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      That’s how it works, right?

      • Brandon Warne - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

        He has more to prove before he closes.

  4. orangeflh - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Absolutely loved Coffey when he was with the Brewers. You just can’t not like this guy. Best of luck wherever he goes.

    • Brandon Warne - Jan 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Exactly. Somewhat related aside: Weight comments about players drive me crazy.

  5. pisano - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Good God, they better send this guy to Jenny Craig, he looks like the second coming of Bobby Jenks.

    • Bryz - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      They did send him there. You should have seen the “before” pics.

    • Brandon Warne - Jan 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      Bobby Jenks was good, wasn’t he?

  6. lyon810 - Jan 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Judging by the picture, we are days away from a Todd Coffey “is in the best shape of his life” article

  7. marshmallowsnake - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Is that John Kruk?

  8. fmlizard - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Maybe I’m forgetting, but the Twins just opened a new park that was supposed to give them more money for better players, right? Did it close down?

    • Tim OShenko - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Nope, the owner just remembered he’s a Pohlad, and thus has a family obligation to spend just enough on the team to stay not-quite-competitive.

  9. producepro - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Dude looks like he takes a dozen donuts with his Coffey.

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