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Twins sign left-hander Fernando Abad

Fernando Abad

Oakland Athletics’ Fernando Abad delivers to the Texas Rangers in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. The Athletics won 9-3. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


Left-hander Fernando Abad, who was non-tendered by the A’s last month, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Twins. Darren Wolfson of KSTP-TV in Minnesota reports that the deal would pay $1.25 million if he makes the Opening Day roster out of spring training.

Minnesota figures to continue pursuing lefty bullpen options, but in the meantime Abad is a potentially useful middle reliever with a good changeup and relatively even platoon splits throughout his career.

He struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark with the A’s, serving up 11 homers in 48 innings, but combined from 2013-2015 he logged 143 innings with a 2.90 ERA and 128/44 K/BB ratio.

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