Matt Guerrier began this week with a nice-looking 2.67 ERA in 26 appearances for the Twins, but a 12/8 K/BB ratio in 27 innings showed that he was anything but impressive and then the 35-year-old right-hander got knocked around for four runs in an ugly outing Tuesday night.
That inflated his ERA to 3.86 ERA and now the Twins have designated him for assignment, ending the reunion with a player who was a very dependable setup man in Minnesota from 2005-2010.
To replace Guerrier on the roster and in the bullpen the Twins called up Triple-A reliever Ryan Pressly, who spent all of last season in the majors as a Rule 5 pick. He’ll work middle relief.
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.
Loads of baseball players are passed through waivers every August and we only wind up with a handful of acutal waiver trades, but here’s the word anyway from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal:
All five of those guys are impending free agents, which makes it likely that they’re at least shopped around. Dan Haren has been good in three straight outings and could draw interest from contending teams in need of starting pitching. Erik Bedard can eat innings, Matt Lindstrom is a decent reliever and Brendan Ryan is a very good defensive shortstop. Matt Guerrier has a torn tendon in his forearm and is done for the season.