Twins Release Joel Zumaya

11:51am: The Twins have to pay Zumaya his full $850K salary because he was injured prior to the start of the season, reports Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN (on Twitter). GM Terry Ryan confirmed this to Twins reporters at camp.

7:41am: The Twins announced that they have officially released right-hander Joel Zumaya (Twitter link). Zumaya will miss the 2012 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. The move creates 40-man roster space for the Twins.

The Twins signed Zumaya to a low-risk Major League deal that would have guaranteed him $850K for making Minnesota's Opening Day roster. The hard-throwing 27-year-old hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since June of 2010, but has a career 3.05 ERA with a 9.0 K/9 and 4.9 BB/9 in 209 2/3 innings.


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18 Comments on "Twins Release Joel Zumaya"


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tfsmag
3 years 3 months ago

that guy can’t seem to catch a break. hopefully he’s back and throwing 100+ again after TJ surgery.

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alashieve
3 years 3 months ago

I am glad this injury happened before the season.   Now the twins won’t have to pay him 850k not to pitch.

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$1529282
3 years 3 months ago

Still have to pay him $400K not to pitch…

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 3 months ago

I thought if a team cut a player before the finalizing of the rosters that they only had to pay a percentage of the minimum salary.

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$1529282
3 years 3 months ago

Zumaya’s contract guaranteed him $400K, with an additional $450K for making the Opening Day roster.

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Ethan
3 years 3 months ago

They gotta pay him

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johnsilver
3 years 3 months ago

Like to see Detroit give him a shot this time if he DOES make an attempt at a comeback. He can hang around Joker Marchent stadium.. Like in his old days when he 1st came up and get in some work with the Tigers GCL team maybe towards the end of the season at Lakeland.

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Otis26
3 years 3 months ago

The Royals should pick him up. Soria needs a re-hab partner.

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redsx968
3 years 3 months ago

If anyone’s looking for a rehab partner it’s the Rangers

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nick1538
3 years 3 months ago

I predict the 40-man spot goes to Brian Dozier