AP Source: Ex-Tigers Reliever Zumaya Joins Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Oft-injured relief pitcher Joel Zumaya and the Minnesota Twins have agreed on a one-year contract.

A person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the agreement Monday to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to officially announce the deal. Zumaya’s decision to join the Twins was first reported by MLB.com.

The 27-year-old right-hander was a dominant, hard-throwing setup man for the division rival Detroit Tigers as a rookie in 2006, but he hasn’t pitched an entire season since then because of a series of arm problems. The latest was a broken elbow he suffered while throwing a pitch at Target Field in June 2010, and he hasn’t pitched since.

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  • TL

    Saw “Moneyball” this past weekend. At least there was a scientific approach to what Beane was trying to do and was fairly successful at it. Although I doubt this was the angle the Twins utilized in ’87, it was what Beane was trying to do in early 2000.

    Anyways, now its 2012 and a with a brand new stadium, they Twins are STILL patching and bandaging a team together….like in the movie “Major League.”

    • What Next?

      And how did that turn out for the Indians?

      • TL

        as good as the movie script allowed for.

        my point is the Twins are going back to the pre-stadium, penny pinching days. Being “competiitive” isnt the same as being contenders.

        Being competitive just means youre fielding 9 ball players according to MLB rules so the other contending teams can play to establish their pecking order of the playoffs. And to a lesser extent, to be able to still say we have a ML ballclub.

        • Orrest

          Oakland has not won a division since 06. So much for that science. Even with a 100 million payroll you have to spend wisely. 1/4 of your payroll in one player is money poorly spent. Mourneau’s contract is more of a case of bad luck. Any of their other players making more than 5 million a year are being overpaid

  • TwinksforLife

    not a bad pickup if they didn’t pay too much for him, but i suppose the 1 yr contract reflects that. if he pans out, good for the twins. if not, they’ll dump him after the 1yr contract.

  • maxey

    Mayday! Mayday!

  • X-Puffer

    Pitchers and Catchers in 6 weeks.
    Hope springs eternal.

  • StraycatStrut

    I view the Twins but not as close as others. So let me see… the Twins signed a pitcher with a broken arm? Seems they could do better…. good luck on that choice in saving games.

    • Ralph

      The right winger just can’t read. The arm is healed. Further proof the education system is broken.

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