All Over The Place

Yesterday afternoon, it was announced by Joe Christensen that the Twins had submitted a bid to negotiate with Japanese righthanded pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, but their offer was trumped by the Oakland Athletics. Today, the Twins chose to quickly pick up a consolation prize when they signed RHP Eric Hacker to a major league contract.

Who? Yeah, I don’t blame you. Hacker pitched in Triple-A for San Francisco last year, compiling a 16-8 record with a 4.51 ERA, 129 strikeouts, and 62 walks in 165.2 innings pitched. He apparently throws a low-90s fastball and a slider or curve (varying reports on what it actually is). He would be solid at Triple-A, but only in the roster depth-type of “solid.”

Since Hacker’s contract gives him a spot on the 40-man roster, I really hope that someone like Anthony Swarzak or Glen Perkins gets removed, because Hacker really shouldn’t be any better than those two. Still, it’s frustrating to see the Twins appear to take a step in the right direction with bidding on Iwakuma, then hand a contract to someone that is bringing back memories to Sidney Ponson and Ramon Ortiz. Unless there’s something we don’t know about, Hacker shouldn’t compete for a spot on the pitching staff next season.

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