Rucinski agreed to a minor league contract with the Twins on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Since converting to being a starting pitcher, the 27-year-old's strikeout numbers haven't been all that impressive. However, Rucinski does hold a bit of major league experience during his time in the Angels organization and also posted a decent 3.97 FIP at the Triple-A level last season, so given the fairly open competition for bullpen spots at the major league level, the right-hander could work himself into the mix for a low-leverage spot with a strong spring showing.
Rucinski was reassigned to minor league camp Friday. Though Rucinski struck out seven in his five innings of work this spring, he also walked three. There's no room at the inn, so he's probably headed for Triple-A Iowa.
Rucinski received an invitation to spring training. Rucinski spent the last few years in the Angels organization and even appeared in the majors with them, although his appearances weren't all that pretty. The bullpen is pretty set, so the right-hander will likely spend time in the minors for the majority of the 2016 season.
Rucinski signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Monday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Rucinski spent the 2014-15 seasons with the Angels, and only appeared in seven games for the big league club. He was 0-2 with 6.28 ERA in those appearances. Rucinski will most likely begin the 2016 season in the Cubs' minor league system.
Right-hander Drew Rucinski and outfielder Alfredo Marte, both of whom were designated for assignment by the Angels this week, have cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake City. Rucinski has spent nearly all year in the minors, but he has pitched in four games out of the bullpen for the Angels and compiled a 7.71 ERA.