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Red Sox, Padres “pushing hard” for reliever Joel Zumaya

Jan 15, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

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Free agent reliever Joel Zumaya worked out in front of 50 scouts from 20 different MLB teams last month.

And he clearly made a positive impression.

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox and Padres are among a group of major league clubs “pushing hard” to sign Zumaya.

The 27-year-old right-hander missed all of the 2011 campaign due to major elbow surgery and hasn’t pitched more than 39 innings in a season since his rookie year in 2006, but reports had him hitting the mid-90s with his fastball in that December workout. He could be a real asset as a middle reliever or setup man if health is finally on his side.

Zumaya boasts a superb 3.05 career ERA and 9.0 career K/9. His fastball averaged 99.3 mph in 2010.

  1. mikeyrivs23 - Jan 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    If you need an outstanding reliever for 4 or 5 appearances all year, this would be an excellent pickup.

  2. pisano - Jan 15, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    This guy would fit in perfect with the rest of Boston’s pitchers on the DL, Zumaya is a breakdown waiting to happen.

  3. damnyankee13 - Jan 15, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    good luck with this guy

  4. crisisjunky - Jan 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    “Meh”, said Bobby again.

  5. muckthefets23 - Jan 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    I don’t see how this wouldn’t make sense to take a risk on the guy if it were on a minor league deal with an invite to camp. But to offer a big league deal to this guy would be like offering a multi year big league contract to Brandon Webb….

  6. proudlycanadian - Jan 15, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Hurry! Hurry hard! Get that man signed!

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      The Red Sox and the Padres did not push hard enough and were nosed out by the Twins.

  7. uyf1950 - Jan 15, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    The A’s look like they just signed Colon for give or take around $2MM for 2012. God only knows what the Red Sox management team is thinking. They have signed or at the very least appear to be trying to sign a “boatload of refugees” from the hospital ward.

    Believe me I get the whole low risk thing. But a guy like Colon after proving that he still could help a team should have been real high on the Red Sox list. Consideration the back end of “their” pitching situation no way they shouldn’t have signed he for that kind of money.

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