Twins Sign Jason Bulger, Casey Fien, Aaron Bates

The Twins announced that they signed right-handers Jason Bulger and Casey Fien and infielder Aaron Bates to minor league deals that include invitations to Spring Training. They also announced minor league deals with Phil Dumatrait, Aaron Thompson, Jared Burton, Samuel Deduno, P.J. Walters, Daryl Thompson, Luis Perdomo, Brendan Wise, Matt Carson, Wilkin Ramirez, Sean Burroughs, Steve Pearce, J.R. Towles and Rene Rivera and Spring Training invitations for many minor leaguers in their organization.

Bulger, 33, appeared in five games with the Angels in 2011. He spent most of the season in the bullpen of Los Angeles' top affiliate, where he posted a 4.03 ERA with 11.6 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9. Fien, 28, has MLB experience with the Tigers. He spent the 2011 campaign in the Astros' system, posting a 4.44 ERA with 9.2 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 26 1/3 innings.

Bates appeared in 12 games with the 2009 Red Sox. He spent the 2011 season in the Twins' organization and posted a .316/.408/.439 line at Triple-A. The 27-year-old first baseman/left fielder has a career .378 on-base percentage in the minor leagues.


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12 Comments on "Twins Sign Jason Bulger, Casey Fien, Aaron Bates"


GearsofTed
3 years 8 months ago

The Twins are STACKED!!

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 8 months ago

That’s not a bad group of minor league invites. Sure beats what the Dodgers brought in. I would expect a couple of these guys to stick.

thrylos98
3 years 8 months ago

This is old news :)
(other than the ST invites.)
Most of these signings came in October and November.  Ok Fien is recent.  I give you that 😉

MNTwins12
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t know about other Twins fans, but I’m excited to see what Esmerling Vasquez, Jared Burton, and Jason Bulger can do for this team in 2012!

And no, this isn’t sarcasm.

PushDown
3 years 8 months ago

If Bulger can get better control, he can be a very effective reliever for the Twins. His stuff is major league-level, it just that whenever he came in, he would walk the bases loaded or hang one over the middle for batters. 

disgustedcubfan
3 years 8 months ago

Who, who and who?

Josh Gedert
3 years 8 months ago

Is today crappy signing day?

PushDown
3 years 8 months ago

As an Angel fan, I gotta say I’m gonna miss Jason Bulger. He was soooo close to developing into the next Scott Shields. He’s a stand-up player and has a very good work ethic, and I hope he manages to excel, even if he’s not with the Angels. Sure wished he had stayed with us though.

3 years 8 months ago

Come on guys these guys are great talents and any “Independent League” would kill to sign such talented players…LOLOLOLOLOL,  by the way who needs  Edwin Jackson when you get this much talent signed.

cookmeister
3 years 8 months ago

If Bulger can throw fastballs for strikes, he can be very good.  His breaking ball is actually very good he just has command issues with the FB

nick1538
3 years 8 months ago

I am glad they signed another Brendan.  Now Gardy has someone to call “Brandon” again. 

kennethleland
3 years 8 months ago

Steve Pearce is a great addition to the Twins. The Pirates never really gave him a chance. Put him on first base, or right field, leave him alone and he will do a wonderful job for you.