So Long, Craig Breslow

AlexAnalyst IMay 20, 2009

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 19: Relief pitcher Craig Breslow #49 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game on September 19, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Craig Breslow might have been the best move for the Minnesota Twins last season; Bill Smith gave up nothing for the lefty when he claimed him off waivers, and the Twins received 42 outings and a 1.92 ERA to help stabilize a tremendously inconsistent bullpen.

With the strong numbers, the Twins were comfortable enough to move forward without lefty Dennys Reyes, and the Twins allowed him to move on this past off-season. Breslow had put up solid numbers, and if everything would have gone according to plan, he would have been the lefty specialist in '09 and possibly beyond.

Struggles with control haunted Breslow through April and May, and the Minnesota Twins have decided to move in a different direction. Breslow through his most recent outing in the series opener with the White Sox, posted an ERA of 6.28 and walked 11 batters in only 14.1 innings of work.

Much more than a baseball player, Breslow was a community guy. Drafted out of Yale University, Breslow was one of the smartest players on the roster, and he put his knowledge to good use with his Strike Three Foundation; an organization to help find a cure for pediatric cancer.

Breslow will move on to Oakland and hopefully settle in the way he did with the Twins in '08. Meanwhile, Anthony Swarzak, a highly touted pitching prospect, has been called up from Triple-A Rochester where he posted a 2.25 ERA in seven starts. the righty is expected to fill in for Glen Perkins with a start on Saturday.