Thursday, January 24, 2008
Relief pitcher Matt Guerrier and Twins agree to 1-year deal
MINNEAPOLIS -- Relief pitcher Matt Guerrier and the
Minnesota Twins agreed Thursday to a $950,000, one-year contract
that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.
The right-hander became a reliable long reliever for the Twins
last season, going 2-4 with a 2.35 ERA and one save in 73
appearances. He has gradually improved since breaking in with the
club in 2004.
Right-handers hit just .187 against Guerrier last season, when
he made $407,500. He often served as the bridge between Minnesota's
up-and-down starters and dominant late-inning relief.
Guerrier was brilliant in May, June and July, allowing only
eight earned runs in 45 1-3 innings over 37 appearances.
The agreement means right fielder Michael Cuddyer is the lone
remaining Twins player in arbitration. Hearings are held throughout
February, but teams typically reach agreements with players before
Cuddyer asked for $6.2 million next season, and the Twins
offered $4.7 million. Guerrier asked for $1.15 million, and the
Twins offered $750,000.
The Twins also agreed to a minor league contract with
left-hander Randy Keisler. He would get $465,000 if added to the
major league roster, and $75,000 in the minors.
Keisler pitched in four games for St. Louis last season, making
three starts. He compiled a 5.19 ERA in 17 1-3 innings.