• 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. savvyspy's Avatar
      savvyspy -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      You can never have enough (LHP) Pitching.
      In the case of Brooks Raley, yes you can have enough left handed pitching.
    1. Jim H's Avatar
      Jim H -
      The Twins do have a fair number of lefties that are AAA-AAAA-fringe major leaguers. Just how they view all of them, I don't know. Some like Thielbar are clearly short relievers/LOOGY, some probably need seasoning like Ibarra. It seemed like Ryan wasn't real excited about letting Albers go to Korea. Maybe he looked for Albers to fill a specific role this year that Raley might be able to do. Like CMath suggested maybe Raley is Thielbar insurance, more likely he might be viewed as a swingman type.

      Like many have said, I don't get too excited about this kind of pickup. Once in awhile you find a Guerrier, usually you just find out why somebody else put that player on waivers.
    1. oldguy10's Avatar
      oldguy10 -
      I guess I do not understand "finding" a Guerrier, Jim H. That assumes he will be effective, doesn't it and I see no reason why he will be, at least any more so than the righty relief pitchers on the active roster now. He may even wind up on the Rochester roster come opening day.
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Quote Originally Posted by oldguy10 View Post
      I guess I do not understand "finding" a Guerrier, Jim H. That assumes he will be effective, doesn't it and I see no reason why he will be, at least any more so than the righty relief pitchers on the active roster now. He may even wind up on the Rochester roster come opening day.
      I remember when we first signed Guerrier. Similar reaction. Same with Burton and Fien. But we forget the grays and remember the Fiens. Still, it's an effective way to build a bullpen cheaply.
    1. oldguy10's Avatar
      oldguy10 -
      Sure it is cheaply but is it effective where Guerrier is concerned? I believe there may have been better options out there and I'll say the same about Kubel as well. And it appears Santana is next. What is the fascination with bringing back ex Twins? Gate receipts, what? Explain it all to us will you please.
    1. The Wise One's Avatar
      The Wise One -
      Quote Originally Posted by oldguy10 View Post
      Sure it is cheaply but is it effective where Guerrier is concerned? I believe there may have been better options out there and I'll say the same about Kubel as well. And it appears Santana is next. What is the fascination with bringing back ex Twins? Gate receipts, what? Explain it all to us will you please.
      There may be a few better options than Kubel, but they cost a draft pick. The 2012 Kubel wouldn't be a bad signing . It is a low risk move. As it is, if Kubel is not working out in ST, there is still a likelyhood that one of the FA will still be available to sign.
      If they coached up Guerrier once to an effective reliever, what is the harm in trying again. What is the fascination with ripping on a club for doing a low cost option with someone you have worked well with in the past? There is no harm in trying. Perhaps you would like to try to explain the harm in signng a minor league contract for someone you can cut without cost.
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Quote Originally Posted by oldguy10 View Post
      Sure it is cheaply but is it effective where Guerrier is concerned? I believe there may have been better options out there and I'll say the same about Kubel as well. And it appears Santana is next. What is the fascination with bringing back ex Twins? Gate receipts, what? Explain it all to us will you please.
      I was speaking of the first time we signed him, after he was DFAd from the Pirates, I believe. Anyway, it was greeted with a collective "meh"' except some thought it a waste of a roster spot. It turned out pretty good. Same with Burton and Fein. Those that have not worked out also didn't cost anything. We don't need his roster spot until the end of Spring. If he fails to impress in the Spring, run him through waivers. If you lose him, no big deal. If he can make it through, free talent.
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Wise One View Post
      There may be a few better options than Kubel, but they cost a draft pick. The 2012 Kubel wouldn't be a bad signing . It is a low risk move. As it is, if Kubel is not working out in ST, there is still a likelyhood that one of the FA will still be available to sign.
      If they coached up Guerrier once to an effective reliever, what is the harm in trying again. What is the fascination with ripping on a club for doing a low cost option with someone you have worked well with in the past? There is no harm in trying. Perhaps you would like to try to explain the harm in signng a minor league contract for someone you can cut without cost.
      Because he was the big offensive addition ...Not another minor piece added after a quality fielder or batter had been signed
    1. Jim H's Avatar
      Jim H -
      The Twins have signed a number of effective relievers off of waivers or as minor league free agents. Guerrier was one and so were Fein and Burton. There have also been a number of not so effective ones as well. I don't have any problem with this proccess and I am not so sure why some do. I don't think it some random thing the Twins do or lets get even with the Cubs for signing our guy.

      I think one thing the Twins do as well or better than most clubs is scout the minors and majors and pay attention to guys on the margins. I remember with Guerrier the Twins liked his curve, thought he was miscast as a starter and eventually developed or found a good reliever in him. It sure doesn't work every time. Most of the guys the Twins sign through waivers or as minor league free agents are just what they appear to be, marginal guys who are somewhat interchangeable. Which is why I don't get very excited about these kind of signings. But, since the Twins are patient, they pay attention, and work through the system, occasionally they "find" a guy that turns into somebody more than a little useful.
    1. oldguy10's Avatar
      oldguy10 -
      johnnydakota - do you really believe Kubel is a "big" offensive addition? I certainly do not unless he returns to previous form before his terrible run last year. Pros and cons on Kubel, please.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by oldguy10 View Post
      johnnydakota - do you really believe Kubel is a "big" offensive addition? I certainly do not unless he returns to previous form before his terrible run last year. Pros and cons on Kubel, please.
      The biggest pro is low risk. Kubel will have to fight for the DH/OF position to make the team. If he does not perform, he does not make the team. If he performs he does. Parmelee is out of options so at this point he might have the upper hand. I see Kubel (and/or Parmelee) as the replacements for Doumit who hit .247/.314/.396 last season. Kubel's worst full season as a Twin was his .249/.323/.427 2010 season. That is better than Doumit, so there is improvement. If he does not show anything, he goes to Rochester or is cut. Not a big deal. And, unlike Raley, he does not even occupy a 40-man roster spot.
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