Twins Claim Matt Maloney

3:50pm: The Reds announced that the Twins claimed Maloney off of waivers (Twitter link).

1:08pm: The Twins appear to have acquired 27-year-old lefty Matt Maloney from the Reds, as Maloney tweeted today, "Thanks for everything Reds…but i am now a Minnesota Twin!!! Looking forward to a great new opportunity!!"

Maloney spent most of the season at Triple-A, where he posted a 2.99 ERA, 5.6 K/9, 1.2 BB/9, and 0.9 HR/9 in 81 1/3 innings, missing much of the season with a cracked rib.  Baseball America ranked him eighth among Reds prospects a few years ago, noting that his ceiling was that of a back-of-the-rotation starter.


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28 Comments on "Twins Claim Matt Maloney"


Alex
3 years 8 months ago

“The Twins appear to have acquired 27-year-old lefty Matt Maloney from the Twins”?

3 years 8 months ago

Maybe they traded him to themselves for cash?

bjsguess
3 years 8 months ago

Put a smile on my face. Very funny.

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

And here I thought the Lowe trade was surprising.  Silly me.

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

I think the Twins gave up far too much

Francisco Rodriguez
3 years 8 months ago

The Twins appear to have acquired 27-year-old lefty Matt Maloney from the Twins

3 years 8 months ago

Tim, it should say “from the Reds”

3 years 8 months ago

Do the Twins have an evil twin team based in St. Paul?

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 8 months ago

Pitch to Contact!

Mauerneau
3 years 8 months ago

Another back of the rotation starter? Weird…

RMR
3 years 8 months ago

Good control – fly ball pitcher – change-up specialist.  Won’t miss nearly as many bats in the majors as he did in the minors, but should be a serviceable back of the rotation type.

3 years 8 months ago

They said the same thing about Kevin Slowey.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 8 months ago

They said the same thing about every Twins pitcher other than Liriano

edit: but then I remembered Scott Baker. Crap.

nick1538
3 years 8 months ago

So the twins traded for a Duensing/Slowey/Blackburn/Diamond/Swarzak clone?  What is Bill Smith’s fascination with soft throwing “pitch to contact” back of the rotation starters?  

3 years 8 months ago

You forgot Manship.

nick1538
3 years 8 months ago

or Wimmers, Bromberg and even Gibson.  

JA
3 years 8 months ago

Not sure why? Does anybody have an idea where he’ll fit? Bullpen or fighting for a rotation spot?

nathanalext
3 years 8 months ago

The last couple years, he was a swing man when he was on the reds 25 man roster. So, figure somewhere in between.

Dan Gallagher
3 years 8 months ago

Who did they trade to get him?

A P E
3 years 8 months ago

He’ll fit right in with Scott Diamond, Phil Dumatrait, Jose Mijares, and Brian Duensing.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

This is actually a pretty solid pick up for the Twins. A couple good moves today. This could be a prelude — like a prelude prelude to other moves – which result in trading Liriano. Regardless, its smart for a few of these teams to stock up now if the moves come cheap and workout things over the next two months. Rather be deeper with a few decent pieces now instead of being empty handed in Jan. He could even become an appealing target for other teams for lefty bullpen help and just by having a guy like this, his value could rise just in two months for lack of other options available. I like how the Twins did this.

Don’t get too excited, Maloney was the Reds #9 starter. Good chance he wont ever make the 25 man roster.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

That’s probably correct, but a youngish lefty that can throw decent even if they have him for two weeks could just be filler for a larger move the Twins have in mind. 

sorryidontcare
3 years 8 months ago

This will probably be the biggest move the Twins make all winter long.

Dan Mazzaro
3 years 8 months ago

Anyone remember Matt Maloney from the Houston Rockets?

3 years 8 months ago

Maloney will promptly be swapped for a “scrappy” slap hitter with no power at some point this season.

Sky14
3 years 8 months ago

“…his ceiling was that of a back-of-the-rotation starter.”
This is probably the most common phrase used to describe Twins pitchers right behind, “Has the upside of a Brad Radke.”

Paul
3 years 8 months ago

another back of the rotation starter, wahooooooo, that’s just what we’ve been missing in Minnesota.