It's been a great winter for relief pitchers, which means Matt Guerrier hit free agency at exactly the right time. The right-hander, a staple of the Twins bullpen for the past seven years, has gotten a three-year deal from the Dodgers, according to Newsday.
Guerrier has made at least 70 appearances in each of the past four years, leading the American League in 2008 and 2009. He was 5-7 with a 3.17 ERA in 2010. Guerrier had reportedly drawn interest from the Yankees, Red Sox and others, but apparently three years is what it took, and the Dodgers were willing to make that commitment to the 32-year-old.
The Twins are probably kicking themselves, having missed out on a bonus second-round draft pick. Guerrier was a Type A free agent, but they didn't offer him arbitration out of fear he'd accept -- something they wouldn't have worried about if they'd known the market was so friendly he'd have three-year offers. Teams don't get a compensatory pick if they didn't offer a lost player arbitration.
UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Guerrier's deal is worth $12 million.
-- David Andriesen