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Report: Twins sign Addison Reed to two-year deal

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Free agent right-hander Addison Reed has struck a two-year, $16.75 million deal with the Twins, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The Twins are expected to announce the signing after Reed passes his physical.

The 29-year-old reliever began his 2017 season with the Mets, recording 19 saves and an impressive 2.57 ERA, 1.1 BB/9 and 8.8 SO/9 through 49 innings before he was flipped to the Red Sox at the trade deadline. After transitioning out of the closer role, Reed finished his limited run in Boston with a 3.33 ERA, 3.0 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 through 27 innings. He’s just two years removed from a career 2.6 fWAR year with the Mets, a performance the Twins are hoping to see the righty replicate over the next two years.

Reed represents the third bullpen addition for the Twins this offseason, following one-year deals for fellow right-hander Fernando Rodney and left-hander Zach Duke. Mike Berardino of Pioneer Press adds that the signing reportedly came as some surprise to the veteran Rodney, who elected to sign with the Twins in order to secure a guaranteed closer role. Reed will likely be in the running for the role this spring as well, and will help pad a bullpen that placed 22nd among all major league clubs in 2017 with a cumulative 4.40 ERA and 2.2 fWAR.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.