Positional Battles: Who’s In The Pen For The Twins

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Jun 8, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres reliever Tim Stauffer (46) delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals at Petco Park. The Nationals defeated the Padres 6-0. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Stauffer

Stauffer is a seasoned veteran by major league standards. With nine seasons with the San Diego Padres under his belt, Stauffer offers some flexibility for the Twins. Having appeared in 73 games as a starter, he has the ability to pitch out of the bullpen, and in spot start situations.

A career 3.87 ERA is buoyed by a 3.50 ERA last season. His 9.4 K/9 ratio last season was the best in his career. Should Stauffer be able to build upon the strong season he had in the National League a season ago, he could be one of the key pickups for the Twins this offseason. Despite Terry Ryan saying Stauffer would get a chance to prove himself worthy of a rotation spot, the bullpen looks like the most likely landing spot.

When it comes to veteran relievers, the Twins could do a lot worse than Stauffer. His big league experience should help him significantly in trying to secure a spot on the Twins active roster.