The Twins have signed reliever Joe Harvey to a minor league contract, per an announcement from their Triple-A affiliate in St. Paul. The right-hander elected free agency last weekend after being designated for assignment by the Rockies.
Harvey began his career with the Yankees, making his major league debut with New York in April 2019. The Yankees sent him to the Rockies before that year’s trade deadline, and he appeared in the majors with Colorado between 2019-20. Altogether, Harvey’s tossed 21 1/3 innings at the big league level, pitching to a 4.22 ERA/5.25 SIERA with worse than average strikeout and walk percentages (19.4% and 13.3%, respectively).
The 29-year-old had spent most of this season with the Rockies Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque. He made 15 appearances, working to a 2.63 ERA with a stellar 34.5% strikeout rate but a very high 15.5% walk percentage. Colorado selected Harvey to the big league roster last month, but he was cut loose two days later without having appeared in a game.
Harvey becomes the third notable reliever the Twins have signed to a minor league deal in recent weeks. Minnesota has also added former big leaguers Kyle Barraclough and Nick Vincent in an effort to stockpile some experienced depth. The bullpen has been one of the bigger reasons for the Twins disastrous season, as the relief corps sits 26th in the league with a 4.88 ERA. (Their peripherals are a bit better but still below-average).
The 33-48 Twins are almost certain to sell off some players from the big league roster at this point. Relievers Alex Colomé, Hansel Robles, Taylor Rogers, Tyler Duffey and Caleb Thielbar are among the many players the Twins could make available in the next few weeks. Trading one or more of that group could open spots in the majors for some of their recent non-roster additions down the stretch.