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Twins, Joel Zumaya agree to terms on one-year deal

Jan 15, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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Forget about the Red Sox and Padres.

According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck, the Twins have signed reliever Joel Zumaya to a one-year contract that could be worth anywhere between $800,000 and $1.7 million, depending on the right-hander’s ability to hit certain performance incentives.

Zumaya missed all of the 2011 season due to elbow surgery and has topped the 40-inning plateau just once in his career, but he’s also been highly effective when healthy and touched the mid-90s with his fastball during a showcase workout last month for 20 MLB teams. If he can manage to avoid the disabled list, the deal could easily pay off for the Twins.

Zumaya, 27, had a 3.05 ERA in 209 2/3 innings with the Tigers before hitting the open market this winter.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 15, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    First Colon. Next Zumaya. As events often happen in threes, there could be another signing of a risky pitcher today.

    • jwbiii - Jan 15, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      Joel Pineiro to the Phillies, but it’s only a minor league deal.

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 15, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        Works for me.

  2. papacrick - Jan 15, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    I can’t picture him in any uniform but the olde English D

  3. tacklemeelmo - Jan 15, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    I think this is a great deal. Seems very low risk high reward with the incentive based contract. It’s not like he was given an outrageous amount of guaranteed money here. Look forward to seeing him in a Twins uniform and I hope he bounces back very well.

    • Tim OShenko - Jan 15, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      Agreed. I’m not expecting much from the Twins this season, nor is it a guarantee that Zumaya will be all that effective. But he’s worth taking a chance on, and the price is right. This is certainly a better deal than the millions they’re throwing at their “proven closer” Capps.

  4. siouxyaya17 - Jan 15, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Could be a major edition to the Twins bullpen if he stays healthy.

    • e5again - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      You go to UND?

      • dluxxx - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:12 PM

        Are you asking because of his moniker, or his use of the word “edition.” :)

        J/K, just a playful jab at a Nodak.

  5. takingbovadasmoney - Jan 15, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    He should be very effective for the Twins in the 8 games he pitches in before the standard arm injury reoccurs.

  6. ditka96 - Jan 15, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    No Guitar Hero in the clubhouse!

  7. Bryz - Jan 15, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    I have to say that this thread has been more enjoyable to read than the MLBTR thread on this signing.

  8. cmutimmah - Jan 16, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    The idiot that I am, I actually own a Zumaya jersey. I will still wear it with pride.

    I just hope someone helps him move… we don’t need another “San Diego wild fire” incident…

  9. fmlizard - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Let’s hope this goes better than his last trip to Minnesota…where he suffered about as graphic and awful of an injury as you will ever see happen to a pitcher.

    Should add some gas to a traditionally soft-tossing staff.

  10. dluxxx - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    I like it, a low cost, high upside signing. Although I was pretty peeved about the Capps signing, overall TR has had a pretty solid offseason considering what he has to work with.

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