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    Via Twitter, the Star-Tribune's LaVelle Neal announced the signing of left-handed reliever Rafael Perez to a minor league contract today. He had been non-tendered by the Cleveland Indians in November after pitching in just eight games for the team in 2012. He fought a side injury early in the season and later was out for the season due to a shoulder injury.

    However, in his seven seasons (all in Cleveland), he was a very good reliever, most of the time. In all, he worked 329 innings in 338 games. He posted an ERA of 3.64 with a WHIP of 1.33.

    In 2009, he posted a 7.31 ERA in 54 games. However, in his five other big league seasons, he never posted an ERA over 3.54.

    The left-hander's platoon splits are actually quite similar. In his career, lefties have posted a .678 OPS while right-handed batters posted a .694 OPS. He has struckout 21% of right-handed batters faced and about 17% of left-handers.

    Although he is just 30-years-old, his best years were 2006 through 2008 when he averaged more than a strikeout per inning. His K-Rates the past four seasons have been 6.0, 5.3, 4.7 and 4.7, so expectations should be kept minimized.

    What does it mean for the Twins? Glen Perkins and Brian Duensing will be in the Twins bullpen. If the Twins choose to have a third lefty in the bullpen, Perez will compete with Tyler Robertson, who spent the second half of the 2012 season with the Twins, and Minnesotan Caleb Thielbar, who was added to the Twins 40 man roster in November after pitching well at three levels a year ago.

    Specifics of the minor league deal are not yet public.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Sign Lefty Reliever Rafael Perez started by Seth Stohs
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    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Thank god we taxpayers built target field, it is signings like this that make paying higher taxes totally worth it. But then, now that they have target field, Dave is saying payroll does not matter.
      Not my tax dollars!

      I have never said payroll doesn't matter, I have been saying I wouldn't give out any 2 year contracts that restrict payroll for 2014 on forward when we have a good shot to compete. Also the entire off-season I was saying I wanted to give guys like Johnson, Marcum and Saunders one year deals. Though maybe giving guys like Hendriks and lesser guys like DeDuno a longer look this year it could be more beneficial for the future as well (let's find out who is legit and who isn't). We really should have tried to bring in a MI with upside though. That is very disappointing.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
      In what way? In single season serving size and unadjusted for age and other factors, it's not a very good predictive tool, but then it wasn't meant to be. As far as quantifying what a player did to help his team win in a give season, it's awfully good.
      Was responding to a tongue-in-cheek posting invoking the name of the old rock band War, with a bit of silliness of my own, that wound up being too much like trolling. Maybe should have gone with "War, what is it good for, absolutely nothin', say it again" instead. I have nothing really against WAR as a handy all-purpose yardstick if it's not taken overly seriously.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
      So Vodka goes off topic and you're blaming it on jokin?
      No, now I'm blaming it on you, my brother.
    1. old nurse's Avatar
      old nurse -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Was responding to a tongue-in-cheek posting invoking the name of the old rock band War, with a bit of silliness of my own, that wound up being too much like trolling. Maybe should have gone with "War, what is it good for, absolutely nothin', say it again" instead. I have nothing really against WAR as a handy all-purpose yardstick if it's not taken overly seriously.
      Subtle humor gets lost on this board unless most of what you post is snark.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Dave, I meant Dave St. Peter is now saynig payroll does not matter.....which is fascinating, given all the lobbying he did to get a new stadium to make the team more competitive....because, you know, they needed more revenue.
    1. fairweather's Avatar
      fairweather -
      Payroll doesn't really matter look at Tampa. Still the idea of those snakey freaking Pohlads pocketing a larger percentage of the profit makes me physically ill. As far as looking at Perez as a SP I say why not. Still I think this signing means Duensing will start the season holding down Diamond's rotation spot is the more likely outcome.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      No, now I'm blaming it on you, my brother.
      In the absence of reason, consistency will have to do.
    1. edavis0308's Avatar
      edavis0308 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fairweather View Post
      Payroll doesn't really matter look at Tampa. Still the idea of those snakey freaking Pohlads pocketing a larger percentage of the profit makes me physically ill. As far as looking at Perez as a SP I say why not. Still I think this signing means Duensing will start the season holding down Diamond's rotation spot is the more likely outcome.
      Those high draft picks for a decade didnt hurt either.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Was responding to a tongue-in-cheek posting invoking the name of the old rock band War, with a bit of silliness of my own, that wound up being too much like trolling. Maybe should have gone with "War, what is it good for, absolutely nothin', say it again" instead. I have nothing really against WAR as a handy all-purpose yardstick if it's not taken overly seriously.
      Fair enough, although the stat is much, much more useful than the juvenile, nonsensical song it shares a name with. Correlates to wins at about an 85 or 90 percent clip.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Dave, I meant Dave St. Peter is now saynig payroll does not matter.....which is fascinating, given all the lobbying he did to get a new stadium to make the team more competitive....because, you know, they needed more revenue.
      In the movie As Good As It Gets, Nicholson is a writer who is asked how he 'writes women so well', to which he replies "i think of a man. And I take away reason and accountability".

      That's pretty much the Twins. A professional sports franchise, minus the reason and accountability.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by old nurse View Post
      Subtle humor gets lost on this board unless most of what you post is snark.
      I remind myself of that frequently, and sometimes I care, sometimes I don't. You're right that a percentage of around 50% is almost exactly anti-optimal. Unless 100% of my snark quota is funny, which it ain't.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      I remind myself of that frequently, and sometimes I care, sometimes I don't. You're right that a percentage of around 50% is almost exactly anti-optimal. Unless 100% of my snark quota is funny, which it ain't.
      I'm 100% certain that I'm at least 25% confused by 50% of this post.
    1. LoganJones's Avatar
      LoganJones -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
      In the movie As Good As It Gets, Nicholson is a writer who is asked how he 'writes women so well', to which he replies "i think of a man. And I take away reason and accountability".

      That's pretty much the Twins. A professional sports franchise, minus the reason and accountability.
      Might not want to quote a character line that was written to make him look like a misanthrope to support your position.
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by edavis0308 View Post
      Those high draft picks for a decade didnt hurt either.
      Pittsburg...Kansas City...
    1. raindog's Avatar
      raindog -
      Quote Originally Posted by LoganJones View Post
      Might not want to quote a character line that was written to make him look like a misanthrope to support your position.
      Exactly.
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