• Twins Claim Brooks Raley from Cubs

    According to MLB Trade Rumors (via Mark Gonzales), the Minnesota Twins have claimed left-handed pitcher Brooks Raley from the Chicago Cubs. He takes the 40th roster spot vacated earlier this month by Andrew Albers.

    The lefty was the Cubs 6th round pick in 2009 out of Texas A&M University. He made five starts in 2012 for the Cubs, and made nine relief appearances in 2013. Combined, he has 38.1 MLB innings and sports a 7.04 ERA. Raley is 6-3 and 220 pounds. He is 25 years old.

    Last year in AAA Iowa (of the PCL), he posted a 4.46 ERA over 141.1 innings. He had just 95 strikeouts to go with 45 walks. However, in 2012, he posted a 3.62 ERA in 14 starts in the Pacific Coast League.

    Raley does have a four-pitch mix. He has a fastball that averaged 89 mph last year with the Cubs. He also throws a lot of sliders, usually in the low-80s. He also has a changeup and a curveball.

    Frankly, he sounds an awful lot like Scott Diamond. The 2012 Diamond would be terrific for a team. The 2013 version, maybe not. It's also entirely possible that the Twins will now attempt to pass him through waivers.
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    1. ScottyB's Avatar
      ScottyB -
      Twins today claimed Brooks Raley, a 26 YO lefty from the Cubs. I'm assuming he has to be put on the 40-man. He's done some starting and relieving, but I've never heard of the guy. Anyone have a scouting report?

      Did Rob Antony decide to make a move while TR is out?
    1. Sconnie's Avatar
      Sconnie -
      Maybe hoping he can pass through waivers and be AAA filler?
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sconnie View Post
      Maybe hoping he can pass through waivers and be AAA filler?
      Yeah, it worked so well for the Cubs.
    1. maxisagod's Avatar
      maxisagod -
      Quote Originally Posted by Oldgoat_MN View Post
      Yeah, it worked so well for the Cubs.
      The Cubs did get him thru every NL team.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sconnie View Post
      Maybe hoping he can pass through waivers and be AAA filler?
      I hope so. I was already hoping the Twins were trying to find a taker for Duensing, Diamond or the new guy Kris Johnson as it is. I thought this team was done stockpilling swingmen but this team certainly seems to have a soft spot for soft-tossing lefties.

      Duensing's improved K/9 is making him look pretty darn good in this mess, even with his arb payday.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Not a fan....but as long as he doesn't keep an actual prospect from being in AAA or the majors, I don't care.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by maxisagod View Post
      The Cubs did get him thru every NL team.
      This time of the year, don't waivers operate across MLB, in reverse order of 2013 record, and not league-first?
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      I like his name. That's all I got right now.
    1. tobi0040's Avatar
      tobi0040 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ScottyB View Post
      Did Rob Antony decide to make a move while TR is out?
      That is hilarious
    1. James's Avatar
      James -
      Yeah... this move is a bit of a head scratcher.
    1. ScottyB's Avatar
      ScottyB -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      This time of the year, don't waivers operate across MLB, in reverse order of 2013 record, and not league-first?
      You are correct sir. So he passed by Houston, Miami and the Chisox.
    1. edavis0308's Avatar
      edavis0308 -
      This makes me want to hurl.
    1. DaneDiggy's Avatar
      DaneDiggy -
      They even look like each other...


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    1. Lonestar's Avatar
      Lonestar -
      Strictly a LOOGY. Not at all Diamond like? Do we have another in Rochester?

      Career MLB stats in very small sample in 38.1 innings
      .194/.293/.306/.598 vs LHB
      .316/.396/.564/.960 vs RHB
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Not a big vote of confidence for Scott Diamond. Why not just sign Chris Capuano?
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Not a big vote of confidence for Scott Diamond. Why not just sign Chris Capuano?
      Because Capuano is a starter and would command a guarantee contract? While Raley is a zero risk guy? Apples and Oranges really.
    1. Danchat's Avatar
      Danchat -
      I don't really get this signing, but maybe the writing on the wall is Scott Diamond getting traded away (for a PTBNL, of course). I was really hoping that Emilio Bonifacio would get this last spot on the 40 man, but I don't think he's coming because of this move.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lonestar View Post
      Strictly a LOOGY. Not at all Diamond like? Do we have another in Rochester?

      Career MLB stats in very small sample in 38.1 innings
      .194/.293/.306/.598 vs LHB
      .316/.396/.564/.960 vs RHB
      I don't think we have many LOOGY's in the system at this point who are ML ready LOOGY's. However I am not sure he is truly a LOOGY (.663 OPS against LH in 2013 minors, .728 in 2012), with that said, the Twins have a lack of LHP at this point anyways, can't hurt to give another guy a shot, maybe they see something they like?
    1. oldguy10's Avatar
      oldguy10 -
      To me Raley is simply just another warm body, how many really does the team need in Fort Myers? Signings such as these are surely getting tiresome, aren't they?
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by oldguy10 View Post
      To me Raley is simply just another warm body, how many really does the team need in Fort Myers? Signings such as these are surely getting tiresome, aren't they?
      You can never have enough (LHP) Pitching.
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