By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS – The Twins bullpen is expected to have a much different look for the 2011 season since the club could lose a number of key contributors from last year’s relief corps through free agency.
On Wednesday, the Twins appeared to say goodbye to the first pitcher from their large group of free agent relievers.
According to multiple reports, right-hander Matt Guerrier is on the verge of signing a three-year, $12 million contract with the Dodgers.
Guerrier, 32, spent seven seasons with the Twins and played a key role for the club in the late innings over the past few years. He posted a career 3.38 ERA in Minnesota over 472 innings while twice leading the league in appearances. He’s thrown at least 69 innings in each of the last six seasons and since 2007, Guerrier has worked 311 2/3 innings.
Guerrier was a Type A free agent, but the Twins didn’t offer him arbitration, meaning they won’t receive any draft picks as compensation for his departure.