Slowey traded to Rockies for player to be named

DALLAS — The Twins agreed to send right-hander Kevin Slowey to the Rockies for a player to be named, the club officially announced Tuesday.

Slowey, 27, went 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA in 59 1/3 innings last season. He started the season in the bullpen but battled forearm issues and an abdominal strain, and finished the season in the starting rotation.

Slowey, though, struggled as a starter, going 0-8 with a 7.25 ERA in eight outings down the stretch. Because of his struggles, Slowey, who made $2.7 million last season, was a non-tender candidate for the Twins.

But he fared much better as a starter in ’10, going 13-6 with a 4.45 ERA in 30 games (28 starts) totaling 155 2/3 innings. The right-hander has a career 4.66 ERA with 395 strikeouts, 84 walks and 84 homers allowed in 532 2/3 innings.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan — speaking with reporters during his media availability on Monday — spoke highly of Slowey, saying he expects him to bounce back next season.

“All you have to do is look at 2010,” Ryan said. “What did he do in 2010? How many games did he win? You can slice and dice those statistics any way you want, you’re looking for guys who win games. A starting pitcher’s job is probably, first and foremost, to win games. A guy wins 15, 20 games in the major leagues, you say, ‘Geez, I don’t know how he did it but he’s got ‘em.’ OK.”

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