Joel Zumaya. It’s been a long time.
Before I give five reasons why it’s going to blow up in the Twins face, let’s look at a couple reasons why it’s a good move for the Twins:
- Zumaya’s contract has only $400,000 guaranteed. If Zumaya makes the club out of spring training, he’ll bump that up to $800,000. Zumaya can make up to $1.8 million in incentives this upcoming season. What does this all mean? This is a low risk/high reward deal for the Twins.
- Zumaya can throw the ball really fast, he’s been gunned at 104 MPH. He was recently clocked at 92-94 mph on the radar gun in a bullpen session. He hopes to be up to 100 MPH soon. Not exactly the Twins typical pitch-to-contact pitcher.
- Zumaya is only 27. If this works out, the Twins have a youngish arm in their rebuilding bullpen.
The big knock on Zumaya is the fact that he can’t stay healthy…I’d say so.