In a small tid-bit of news not related to Eddie Rosario this morning, the Minnesota Twins and one of its bullpen arms shook hands on a salary for 2021.
Twins agreed to a pre-arbitration deal with LHP Caleb Thielbar worth around $700K, sources tell @TheAthleticMIN.— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) December 2, 2020
Thielbar, a MN native, wanted to stay with the Twins after resurrecting his career. Back in the majors for the first time since 2015, he had a 2.25 ERA in 20 innings.
Lefty Caleb Thielbar, known around these parts as “Meat Raffle”, will earn $700,000 in 2021 according to The Athletic’s Aaron Gleeman. It’s a hefty payday for someone who didn’t have a job in the majors after the 2015 season, took a detour in the American Association, and resurrected his career with the Twins in 2020. His performance this season earned him the paycheck for 2021 and essentially paves the way to a bullpen role next season.
The southpaw put up great numbers for the Minnesota bullpen this season, being a bit of a cornerstone for what seemed like a “meh” relief corps this year. Meat Raffle put up a 2.25 ERA/2.34 FIP in 20 innings of work. His K/9 almost touched 10.0 while he struck out 22 batters against issuing nine free passes. He also allowed no homers during the 2020 campaign. You can read more about his performance and how he earned a grade of A from our blog overlord here!
While Twins Territory may have lost a fan-favorite outfielder, they still can find relief in knowing Meat Raffle will be back in 2021.