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Craig Breslow | Relief Pitcher | #17

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/8/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 181
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Yale
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 26 (0) / MLW
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Twins signed LHP Craig Breslow to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Breslow told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that he turned down better financial offers from other clubs. He was also impressed with new Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey. The 36-year-old Breslow posted an ugly 7.01 ERA over 25 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level last season, but a change in his delivery has added movement and velocity. It's a low-risk move for Minnesota. Breslow previously pitched for the Twins from 2008-2009. Feb 8 - 11:50 AM

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Blue Jays, Indians and Twins have expressed the strongest interest in free agent southpaw Craig Breslow.

The Mets and Dodgers are in the mix as well. While the 36-year-old left-hander has garnered quite a bit of interest, he'll likely have to wait until after Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan sign to land his best possible deal.
Jan 28 - 1:51 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Indians, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Rockies, Mets, Cubs, Twins, Reds are all in on free agent reliever Craig Breslow.

Peter Gammons of MLB Network reported that 13-16 teams were in attendance for a showcase Monday and it appears many of them came away impressed. The 36-year-old posted a rough 7.01 ERA over 25 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level last season, but a change in his delivery has added movement and velocity. Breslow has enjoyed success in the past, so he makes for an interesting gamble.
Jan 25 - 11:16 AM

According to Peter Gammons of MLB Network, there were 13-16 teams at a showcase Monday for free agent reliever Craig Breslow.

Gammons says Breslow is working with a new arm angle that is creating better movement than he displayed in 2016. The veteran lefty finished with a brutal 7.01 ERA over 25 2/3 innings at Triple-A. He'll have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract wherever he lands.
Jan 23 - 3:55 PM

Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com reports that the Mets, Yankees, Dodgers and Red Sox are among the dozen or more teams that plan to attend a showcase for Craig Breslow on January 23.

According to Gammons, Breslow has spent the off-season adopting a new pitch-tracking technology in order to reinvent his throwing habits, with input from Rich Hill. The veteran left-hander posted a 7.01 ERA over 25 2/3 innings at Triple-A in 2016.
Jan 15 - 7:45 PM

Craig Breslow is scheduled to throw for interested teams in the Boston area on January 23.

Breslow spent much of the 2016 season in Triple-A, where he registered a brutal 7.01 ERA in 25 2/3 innings. But he has lowered his arm slot -- almost to the point of sidearm-style -- and is apparently feeling better physically. The veteran left-hander will almost certainly have to settle for a minor league contract.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 02:31:00 PM

Rangers released LHP Craig Breslow.

Breslow, who turned 36 on Monday, just signed with the Rangers last month after being given his release by the Marlins. The veteran left-hander made just three appearances with the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate.
Mon, Aug 8, 2016 04:23:00 PM

Rangers signed LHP Craig Breslow to a minor league contract.

Breslow struggled for the Marlins both in the majors and at Triple-A before being released earlier this month. He'll turn 36 next month but the Rangers will take a no-risk shot on him.
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 12:44:00 PM

Marlins released LHP Craig Breslow.

The veteran left-hander was sporting an awful 6.46 ERA for Triple-A New Orleans. Breslow made the Marlins' Opening Day roster but was demoted only a month into the season. Given his considerable experience and ability to get left-handers out, Breslow shouldn't have too much trouble finding a new team.
Mon, Jul 18, 2016 03:25:00 PM

MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo reports that Craig Breslow has accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A New Orleans.

Breslow could have opted for free agency, but he won't have to deal with any of those logistical issues, now, and will just slide to Triple-A. In 14 innings with the Marlins this season, the veteran southpaw allowed nine runs (seven earned) while pitching to a 7/4 K/BB ratio.
Mon, May 16, 2016 12:50:00 PM

Marlins sent LHP Craig Breslow outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

Breslow cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. He has the option to elect free agency.
Sun, May 15, 2016 08:41:00 AM

Marlins designated LHP Craig Breslow for assignment.

Breslow had allowed 21 hits and nine runs -- seven earned -- over 14 innings this season out of the Miami bullpen. The veteran lefty could draw some interest on waivers, but he hasn't really been an effective major league reliever since the 2013 campaign.
Wed, May 11, 2016 02:39:00 PM

Marlins purchased the contract of LHP Craig Breslow from Triple-A New Orleans.

The veteran southpaw, who was signed to a minor league contract in mid-February, had a terrific Grapefruit League season, posting a 2.84 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 5/0 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings. He'll work in middle relief for the Marlins.
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 10:23:00 AM

Facing his former team, Craig Breslow pitched a scoreless eighth inning versus the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Breslow tried marketing himself as a starter as a free agent this winter, but he didn't find any takers. At least he has given himself a chance of making the Marlins as a reliever this spring; he's allowed two runs and amassed a 5/0 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings.
Tue, Mar 22, 2016 03:41:00 PM

Marlins signed LHP Craig Breslow to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com says Breslow will earn $1.5 million if he makes the Opening Day roster. The left-hander attempted to market himself as a starter this winter, but it's unclear whether the Marlins will give him a chance to earn a rotation spot. Either way, he's likely to crack the Opening Day roster. Breslow held a 4.15 ERA over 65 innings for the Red Sox in 2015.
Fri, Feb 12, 2016 04:24:00 PM

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3Ben Paulsen
4Matt Hague
2B1Brian Dozier
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SS1Eduardo Escobar
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3Ehire Adrianza
4Engelb Vielma
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3B1Miguel Sano
LF1Robbie Grossman
2Eddie Rosario
CF1Byron Buxton
2Danny Santana
3Drew Stubbs
4J.B. Shuck
RF1Max Kepler
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DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ervin Santana
2Phil Hughes
3Hector Santiago
4Kyle Gibson
5Jose Berrios
6Justin Haley
7Tyler Duffey
8Ryan Vogelsong
9Felix Jorge
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Kintzler
2Ryan Pressly
3Trevor May
4Michael Tonkin
5Taylor Rogers
6Buddy Boshers
7Craig Breslow
8JT Chargois
9Ryan O'Rourke
10Glen Perkins
11Nick Tepesch
12Nick Greenwood
13Alex Wimmers
14Raul Fernandez