Red Sox Interested In Twins Reliever Matt Guerrier

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 09: Matt Guerrier #54 of the Minnesota Twins throws a pitch against the New York Yankees during Game Three of the ALDS part of the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 9, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

According to a major league source, the Red Sox are interested in free agent relief pitcher Matt Guerrier, who has spent his entire seven-year career with the Minnesota Twins.

Guerrier, 32, has been a very reliable source for the Twins in his career as he led the American League with 79 appearances during the 2009 season.  In 2010, Guerrier went 5-7 with a 3.17 ERA in 74 games.

Guerrier could be a good option for the Red Sox as he is primarily a ground ball pitcher and could be an option if the Red Sox depart with either Daniel Bard or Jonathan Papelbon via trade this offseason.  He held right-handers to a .210 average and compiled just 22 walks in 71 innings for Minnesota.

Guerrier had a downside entering free agency as he is a Type-A free agent, which would usually require any team that would sign him (besides the Twins) a high end draft pick in return.  But because the Twins did not offer him arbitration, it would not cost the Red Sox anything.

Here are Guerrier's numbers from 2010:

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Matt Guerrier 5-7 74 0 0 0 1 6 71.0 56 28 25 7 22 42 3.17 1.10

Guerrier right now is the best right-handed non-closer reliever on the market that was not offered arbitration.  The Red Sox have been looking for bullpen help this offseason, and Guerrier could be a good option, as he has averaged about 70 innings a season.  Could be a good option for the thin Red Sox bullpen.

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