Twins Breakdown: Grading Offseason Acquisitions

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Aug 2, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Blaine Boyer (58) leans on the dugout railing before the game against the Atlanta Braves at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Blaine Boyer (minor league/Spring Training invite)

Following in the footsteps of his Padres teammate, Boyer also joins the Twins organization. Offered a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite, Boyer provides organization depth with an outside chance to make the Twins Opening Day bullpen.

Last season, Boyer compiled a 3.57 ERA with the Padres across 32 games. He held a 6.5 K/9 with a solid 1.8 BB/9 ratio. Boyer has never pitched in the American League over the course of his eight year career, so the AL Central will be new territory for him.

The Twins took a flier on a low risk signing in Blaine Boyer. If he performs, Boyer is an asset out of the bullpen. Should he struggle early on, Boyer allows the Twins to add to their relief depth, and could be called upon down the road.

Grade: C