Minnesota Twins Sign RHP Blaine Boyer


If you pitched for the San Diego Padres last season, the Minnesota Twins have probably called you. The Twins signed their second ex-Padre on Wednesday with the signing of Blaine Boyer. The first signing was of Tim Stauffer.

Boyer got a minor league deal from the Twins with an invitation to Spring Training. Boyer has been in the big leagues a while, but has spent his whole career in the National League. Boyer made his MLB debut in 2005 with the Atlanta Braves.

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When looking at Boyer’s career, it looks like he’s pitched in 8 MLB seasons which would be acceptable, but a little closer examination shows that he pitched in five or less games in four of those seasons.

Boyer had a 32 game season with the Padres last season, but the last time he notched double digits games out was in 2010 with the Arizona Diamondbacks when he pitched in 54 games.

2014 was Boyer’s first season back in the majors since 2011. He spent the interim playing Triple-A ball in the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals organizations.

Boyer appeared in five seasons with the Atlanta Braves to start his career.

Last season, Boyer appeared in 32 games with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.041 WHIP in 401 innings pitched. Boyer is 33 and will celebrate a birthday in July.

Here’s just a little bit of opinionating: Boyer needs to make this team because I want to see that beard on a daily basis. I don’t care if he is the next coming of Matt Capps, I want to see that beard and all of it’s glory every single day and I will protest if I do not. That is all.

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