The Minnesota Twins have signed Alex Colomé, taking the star pitcher off of the free agency market. Colome is signing a 1-year contract worth $5 million with a mutual option for 2022, according to The Athletic. The option is worth $5.5 million and includes a $1.25 million buyout, making the one-year deal worth at least $6.25 million.
Colome is a 32-year-old right-handed relief pitcher, heading into his ninth season in Major League Baseball. Throughout his career, Colome has a 2.95 ERA in 326 games. His career year came in 2017 when he finished with 47 saves playing for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Alex Colome came up in the Rays system and will play for his fourth MLB organization. After spending several years with Tampa Bay, Colome played for the Seattle Mariners for less than a full season and played the last two years for the Chicago White Sox.
In last year’s shortened season, Colome appeared in 21 games for Chicago and finished with a 0.81 ERA and 12 saves, 16 strikeouts and eight walks. Minnesota lost several key relievers this offseason, and Colome should help limit the damage. It’s certainly possible the Twins will look to add more depth to the bullpen as we get closer to the start of the season.