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Twins sign Matt Guerrier

Jan 29, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

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Matt Guerrier, who spent 2004-2010 in Minnesota’s bullpen, has returned to the Twins on a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Guerrier was one of the most underrated setup men in baseball during his first go-around with the Twins, which earned him a three-year, $12 million deal from the Dodgers as a free agent. In three seasons since then he posted a 4.02 ERA in 123 innings while missing time with multiple injuries.

Minnesota’s bullpen is pretty well-stocked, particularly among right-handers, so the 35-year-old Guerrier has an uphill battle to win a spot even if manager Ron Gardenhire favors him for all the old memories.

  1. strictlythedanks - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Nice, as a twins fan I never wanted him to leave

    • TBaySlim - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      twins should have never let him go especially how over used he was after Crain left, however there isnt much meat let on the bone, doubt he makes the team and twins dumpster diving per usuall

      • happytwinsfan - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        most every team is doing some dumpster diving – taking low cost flyers on veterans either trying to come back or hang on.

      • TBaySlim - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        id rather see a young kid out there then some old crusty washed up guy

      • jbsds - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        Guerrier or a lot of these other guys who trying to make a comeback don’t deserve the put down of calling them trash. These guys were good and could be again. Who knows. Look at Patton Manning or Junior Ortiz. Also, look at the all the guys the Twins and other teams have ran thru as far as young guys and found maybe 10% able to play the majors. I personally like to see some old familiar names along with the young guys. Transition takes patience and good fan support.

  2. hansob - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    If this is a depth signing, I’m fine with it. Unfortunately, I think Gardenhire will cite his veteranness as a reason to put him into games that are still in doubt before he proves he can handle it. He’s not the 2009 version of Matt Guerrier any more.

  3. rgledz - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    I’m a lifelong Twins fan and I have to call you out Aaron…..can a team with three 90+ loss seasons in a row really have a stocked bullpen??

    • dluxxx - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Yes, actually, they can. Their bullpen was one of the tops in the majors last year. It isn’t their fault that their starters couldn’t hand them a lead…

      • dluxxx - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        Fangraphs has the Twins bullpen listed as the 5th best in the majors behind the Rangers, Royals, White Sox and Red Sox. Looks like the AL Central has some good relievers.

      • twinfan24 - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        And, it is even more impressive that their bullpen performed well, given how often the starters had short starts. A few of the relievers went through some stretches where they looked worn out, but after a little more rest for a week or so, they usually got it going again. The Twins also carried Ryan Pressly, a Rule 5 draftee, in their pen all year and got decent return from him.

  4. boomshakalakaboomm - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Kubel, Bartlett, now Guerrer. Seems like Terry Ryan is trying to undo all of Bill Smith’s hard work! Sorry, Ryan. Too late. These guys are has-beens now. Time for some new blood.

  5. jbsds - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Maybe they will sign Santana next. I suppose a few of you will call signing him, digging for trash too. I still believe some of these veterans that have shined at one time can offer a lot. Look at what Jack Morris did for the Twins in one of their World Series runs and wins.

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