Twins Acquire Mahay

28 Aug

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UPDATE – Apparently the Twins have acquired righty reliever Jon Rauch. He is owed $3 million next year. No information on the subsequent moves.

The Twins just acquired lefty-reliever Ron Mahay from the Royals for basically nothing. According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Royals will pay all but a pro-rated portion of the Major League minimum (so less than $100,000).

Mahay had one good year a couple of years ago and turned it into a two year, $8 million deal with the Royals. This year, he allowed 55 hits and 19 walks in 41.1 innings of work before the Royals DFAd him earlier this week.

Mahay actually made his major league debut as an outfielder with the Red Sox in 1995. He went 4-20 (.200) but had two doubles and a home run. He went back to the minors and returned to the Red Sox in 1997 as a pitcher. Since then, the 38 year old has pitched for the A’s, Marlins, Cubs, Rangers, Braves, Royals and now the Twins.

Obviously the hope is that Mahay can get left-handed batters out for the next 4-5 weeks in the 7th inning. Lefties have an OPS of .778 against him this year while righties are at 1.043.

The big question, again, becomes the subsequent roster decision that the Twins have to make. Will they DFA Philip Humber? Someone else?

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15 Responses to “Twins Acquire Mahay”

  1. shawn in binghamton August 28, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    maybe Humber will be the player traded?

  2. TT August 28, 2009 at 3:14 pm #

    The Twins are also rumored to have put in a claim Penny and now Rick Harden. They could go from a staff of struggling young pitchers with a future to struggling has-beens with a past. My guess is they DFA Keppel, but Humber, Dickey, Buscher, Hughes, D. Romero would all be possibilities.

    It depends in part on what they plan to do with the 25th roster spot in the playoffs. Is that a player or another arm in the bullpen. I assume Rauch and Mahay both need to stay on the 25 player roster. They can option someone to Rochester on Monday and have them back in the big leagues Tuesday. But that doesn’t open a spot on the 40 player roster.

  3. TwinsFix August 28, 2009 at 3:29 pm #

    @TT, I highly doubt any team will get Harden. No one would be willing to give up more than the Cubs receive for holding on to him (two draft picks) for just five weeks of Harden. The Cubs will soon rescind him and the matter will be over.

    Heilman and Penny, on the other hand… Could the Twins really add four pitchers in one weekend? Nah, that’s just crazy-talk… I thought.

  4. Andy Darsow August 28, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    I don’t view Rich Harden as a has been. The guys is what, 26? He has had his share of arm problems but he is a “capable” #2 starter. I highly doubt the Cubs trade him though as well. Agree with TwinsFix on that one. I’m not huge on the Mahay deal but if we didn’t give up a player that is fine. I like the Rauch deal, again depending on the player and like that we have him in 2010 as well.

  5. TT August 28, 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    Twinsfix –

    The rumours on Heilman is that he was claimed by National League clubs. Its unlikely he would fall to the Twins.

    As I have pointed out before, the value of two draft choices is highly overrated. They will cost at least $2 million in bonuses and chances are only one will even make the big leagues. And the team making the trade gets those two choices if they make a deal for Harden, so the Twins may well be willing to give the Cubs something they value more than a couple draft choices.

  6. tobynotjason August 28, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    At first I was overjoyed with the Rauch move. Then I looked at his numbers this year: historically an extreme flyball pitcher with average control who succeeds by striking out hitters at an above average clip, his strikeout rate this year has fallen sharply to a very weak 14.9% or 5.7K/normalized 9. By getting more groundballs than ever before he’s probably saved a couple home runs the “historical Rauch” would’ve yielded, but GB rate’s a less stable statistic, his is STILL well below average and I fear we’re looking at very real permanent decline. Maybe not — maybe underlying it all he’s still the same good pitcher and it’s just manifested itself in a different way this season. Still, better than Humber.

    I can’t believe people look at Penny as any kind of asset. His golden ERA years relied on silly unsustainable (LUCKY) HR/FB rates, and his xFIPs for the last two seasons are 5.12 and 4.96. I guess if the goal is just to fill Liriano/Perkins’ slots with equivalencies so they can go to the bullpen…… but that hardly seems worth the money.

  7. TT August 28, 2009 at 4:05 pm #

    “He has had his share of arm problems ”

    I was being a little facetious with the “has-beens” comment, but Harden has had a lot more than his share of arm problems. Its not clear that he can stay healthy long enough to contribute for an entire season. Adding Harden and Penny would transform the Twins rotation, but its not clear what it would transform into. On the other hand, the current choices are even more questionable. And if Harden and Penny are successful down the stretch, they would continue to be real assets in the playoffs. I doubt that is true of Duensing, Gabino, Humber or Swarzak. It might be true of Perkins and Liriano if they come back and pitch well.

  8. TT August 28, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    Accorind to Kelly Theiser, the answer is Phil Humber. The question is who got moved to provide room for Rauch or Mahay.

  9. James M. August 28, 2009 at 6:09 pm #

    I’m a former Minnesotan now living in Arizona. I was thrilled to hear my D’backs had gotten rid of Jon Rauch (rhymes with “Ouch”). Until I heard they dumped him on the Twins. This guy is a head case. Between the tatoos and the perpetual scowl he looks like he just escaped from prison. His clubhouse presence made a lot of people wish he would go back there.

    To be fair, the guy can pitch. Don’t put too much stock in the numbers. He’s Jekyll & Hyde. In April he had a 9.32 ERA. Since then: 3.02. And that’s after giving up 2 walks and a 3 run bomb in his last outing. Before that: 2.47. That was the first homer he’d allowed in 2 months. Still, even when he pitches well, you’ll find it hard to root for this guy.

  10. mike wants wins August 28, 2009 at 8:21 pm #

    Why would I care about tattoos and a scowl?

  11. rosterman August 28, 2009 at 11:26 pm #

    Just noticed that the Twins shipped Yohan Pino to the Indians as the player-to-be-named later for Pavano.

  12. Greg August 29, 2009 at 5:46 am #

    Amazing…how many advanced scouts are on Twins posts. The Team makes deals and everybody gets bashed, The team makes no deals everybody complains.

    Win Twins.

  13. brad August 29, 2009 at 8:40 am #

    Morales recalled, Crede on the DL, Twins pick up 2 ‘proven’ relievers and the Stohites are pissed! Smith is FINALLY being agressive, too bad he waited 30 days too long, if we would have had another couple pitchers last month we might be in first or only a game or 2 back.

    Rauch maybe an inigma but he is better than Gambino, Humber, Mulvey, Morillo or anything else in the minors. If they can pry Harden or Penny away then we add another veteran presence in the rotation, something that has been lacking all year.

  14. rosterman August 30, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    30 Days Too Late!

    Did Smith just look at the Big Board and actually realize that the Twins have too many prospects to protect and the system might get a little taken during the winter?

    Yes, Pino is a prospect, on par with Gabino. Pino would be lost because of numbers, so good to send him off.

    He supposedly was on a list of four that the Twins probably won’t protect come Noveber (or will just protect the odd man out). Imagine Arizona gets to pick from the list of three.

    Read rumors like Tosoni and Hermsen for harben with the Cubs. Hey, the Cubs want, deerve two decent Twins draft picks for the pitcher. The Twins can afford it…give up a couple of guys like, say, Waldrop and Benson, or Parmelee and a pitcher. I would think the Cubs would ratehr have someone with some minor league time/stats that an unproven like Hermsen who has shined in rookie ball.

    We’ll have to wait and see.

    30 Days ago. Could the Twins have moved Tolleson, Hughes, Martin, Roberts, Pino, Gabino, Waldrop or any number of other guys that probably don’t fit into any long-range plans?

    • sam August 31, 2009 at 11:31 am #

      you say twins are going lose alot of players like who?????

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