This morning, the Twins announced that they've chosen to release Matt Guerrier. Guerrier, 35, pitched four innings in five appearances for the team this spring, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out three and walking zero. The only pitcher still in camp who has thrown fewer innings is Brian Duensing.
It's not a surprise that Guerrier is getting released today. He wasn't going to go north with the team, and he's due a roster bonus of $100,000 tomorrow. Should Jason Kubel remain on the roster, he's also eligible for the roster bonus.
Guerrier didn't have a great deal of interest on the market this season, in spite of a 2.12 ERA with the Cubs down the stretch last season. He spent two-and-a-half decent seasons with the Dodgers before the trade to Chicago in the Carlos Marmol trade in July, but his last campaign that saw him both healthy and effective was 2010 - his final year in Minnesota.
A mainstay in the Twins bullpen from '05 through '10, if Guerrier doesn't pitch in the Majors again he'll finish his career with a 3.51 ERA in 528 appearances and 595 innings.