In a tweet from his personal twitter account, LHP Matt Maloney said, “thanks for everything reds…..but i am now a Minnesota Twin!!! looking forward to a great new opportunity!!”
How did the Twins acquire the left-hander? We don’t yet know. My assumption is that the Reds took him off of their 40 man roster and the Twins claimed him. Of course, it is also possible there was a trade or some other method of acquisition. We will certainly find out soon.
So, what do we know about Matt Maloney? Here are some notes:
- Will turn 28 years old in January.
- Former 3rd round pick of the Phillies in 2005.
- Debuted with the Reds in June of 2009 and gave up two runs in six innings against the Cubs.
- In 22 games (11 starts) with the Reds over the past three seasons, he has gone 4-9 with a 5.40 ERA. In 80 big league innings, he has walked just 17 and struck out 54.
- In parts of five AAA seasons, he went 39-23 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. In 516.1 innings, he has walked 108 and struck out 435 (7.6 K/9).
- According to a tweet from Nick Nelson, his fastball averaged 87.1 mph in the big leagues in 2011.
- Missed time in 2011 on the Disabled List with an oblique injury and with broken ribs.
- Full Circle – Maloney was traded by the Phillies at the July 2007 trade deadline for former Twins SP, Kyle Lohse.
Thoughts? Based on the scouting report and his minor league and major league numbers, he profiles a lot like Scott Diamond did a year ago. There are similarities to Dusty Hughes and Chuck James as well as the RH Eric Hacker.
Obviously this isn’t a move that will excited any Twins fan. No, he wasn’t suggested as an option in the TwinsCentric Offseason GM Handbook. He would have used options in 2009, 2010 and 2011, so that’s more reason to believe that he was just removed from the 40 man roster.
There’s certainly no negative about this move at this point. Obviously he is a guy with some talent who moved quickly up the Phillies system before moving to the Reds. He has fought some injuries in his time. It’s hard to garner too much negativity about the move. That said, if it was a trade, that is subject to change.