Twins agree to Minor League deal with Wood
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins agreed to terms on a Minor League deal with right-handed reliever Tim Wood, according to a Major League source. The deal includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
Wood, 29, posted a 2.19 ERA with 21 saves in 54 appearances at Triple-A Indianapolis while in the Pirates organization last season. He struck out 67 and walked 23 in 70 innings while being honored by Baseball America as the best reliever in the International League for a second straight year.
The 6-foot right-hander last appeared in the Majors in 2011, when he had a 5.63 ERA in eight innings with the Pirates. He also had 23 saves and a 2.84 ERA in 40 appearances at Indianapolis that season.
Wood has a career 4.50 ERA in 57 big league appearances. His best season came in 2009 with the Marlins when had a 2.82 ERA in 22 1/3 innings.
Wood is mostly a fastball/slider pitcher with his fastball coming in at 94-98 mph and his slider at 89-91 mph.
He was originally drafted by the Marlins in the 44th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft out of Pima Community College in his hometown of Tucson, Ariz.