Twins sign Alex Colomé to one-year contract

February 12th, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed right-handed pitcher Alex Colomé to a one-year contract through the 2021 season.

Colomé, 32, appeared in 21 games for the White Sox last season, going 2-0 with a 0.81 ERA (22.1 IP, 2 ER), 12 saves (13 opportunities), eight walks, 16 strikeouts, a .163 opponent batting average and a 0.94 WHIP. The 2016 American League All-Star led the league with 47 saves for the Rays in 2017 and his 138 saves since 2016 are third most in baseball. Since 2015, he ranks fifth among relievers (min. 300.0 IP) in ERA (2.63) and sixth in opponent OPS (.604).

The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native was originally signed by Tampa Bay in 2007 and has spent eight major league seasons with the Rays, the Seattle Mariners and the White Sox, going 28-23 with a 2.95 ERA (424.0 IP, 139 ER), 138 saves, 140 walks and 385 strikeouts in 326 games.

Additionally, the Twins recently added outfielder Kyle Garlick via a waiver claim from the Philadelphia Phillies. Garlick, who was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, made his major league debut in 2019 with the Dodgers, and appeared in 12 games for Phillies in 2020.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Twins have designated right-handed pitcher Ian Hamilton for release or assignment. Hamilton was recently claimed off waivers (Feb. 5) from the Philadelphia Phillies. Lastly, left-handed pitcher Brandon Waddell has cleared outright waivers and will remain in major league camp as a non-roster invite.

The Twins’ roster is now at 40.