The mystery that is the final spot of the Minnesota Twins 40-man roster is filled for now, at least.
On Wednesday, the Twins claimed now ex-Chicago Cubs left-handed pitcher Brooks Raley off of waivers. Raley pitched only 14 innings in nine games at the major league level last year for the Cubs, all of which were out of the bullpen. Raley is 25-years-old and 6’ 3”.
In 2012, Raley made five starts for the Cubs and went 1-2 with a 8.14 ERA in 24.1 innings pitched.
Raley has started the large majority of his minor league career with 102 starts in 107 minor league appearances. Raley sports a losing career minor league record, 30-37, with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.401 WHIP.
Back to the ‘for now’ part. It doesn’t look like Raley is the top of the top of pitchers on the market. The Cubs put him on waivers that should be some sort of a red flag. Being 25-years-old makes him a more attractive pickup, but I doubt that his acquisition would keep the Twins from making any more potential moves. If anything needs to occur with the 40-man, Raley will more than likely be a prime candidate to be one of the first off the island.
Welcome to Minnesota/Fort Myers, Brooks Raley!