Twins add a pitcher (but it’s not who you think)

Posted on January 6th, 2010 – 5:20 PM
By La Velle

The Twins have agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Clay Condrey to a one-year major league contract. Condrey, 34, posted a 3.00 ERA in 45 games for the Phillies.

For more info, check out his bio here. 

Twins GM Bill Smith said he likes that Condrey has pitched fairly well for a team that’s gone deep into the playoffs the past two seasons.

Condrey replaces Bobby Keppel on the Twins’ 40-man roster. Keppel asked for his release so he could sign with the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japanese Pacific League. The guess here is that Keppel got a pretty nice offer and decided to go for it.

The odd thing is that Keppel leaves the Twins after getting his first major league win – in game 163.

Washburn: I know there was a report yesterday that the Twins have offered a contract to lefthander Jarrod Washburn. I have spoken with several people in the organization and received NO indications that an offer has been made. (Smith declined to comment).  The Twins have had interest in Washburn but, again, there’s no evidence that an offer has been made.

If that changes, I will let you know and I will give props to the CBSSportsline report. The responsible thing in these cases is to verify facts on my end before hitting the publish button.

And, as one person with the club told me, Brian Duensing might be better than Washburn right now.

Look for the Twins to release their long-awaited list of spring training invites soon. Indications are that Robb Quinlan won’t be one of them.

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