The Twins have signed right-hander Caleb Boushley to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. The righty has been assigned to Triple-A St. Paul for now but could perhaps receive an invite to major league Spring Training.
Boushley, 30, got to make his major league debut towards the end of the 2023 season. The Brewers selected his contract September 29, after they had already clinched the National League Central. He ended up pitching 2 1/3 innings in that day’s game, finishing a 10-inning contest against the Cubs. He struck out five and walked two, allowing one hit and one earned run. The Brewers won it on Carlos Santana’s walk-off double, video courtesy of MLB.com. Boushley was able to earn the win, leading to the obligatory post-game bath. He was outrighted off the club’s roster at the end of October and elected free agency.
Apart from that one memorable MLB outing, he spent the year in Triple-A. He tossed 135 2/3 innings over 26 starts and three relief appearances, allowing 5.11 earned runs per nine frames. He struck out 18.9% of opponents while walking 8.8%. That’s generally been the shape of his minor league production over the years, as he has struck out 20.7% of hitters on the farm over his professional career but only walked 6.6%.
The Twins’ rotation is in a weaker spot than it was last year, with Sonny Gray and Kenta Maeda having reached free agency. Chris Paddack has recovered from Tommy John surgery and could soften the blow a bit, but the group is a whole is still a notch below the 2023 squad. Paddack will join Pablo López, Bailey Ober and Joe Ryan in the front four. Louie Varland could perhaps be in the number five spot but he had significant home run issues in his debut. The roster also has Simeon Woods Richardson, Matt Canterino and Brent Headrick aboard as optionable depth pieces.
The club is seemingly working with diminished resources this offseason due to uncertainty around the broadcast revenue situation. They’ve had a fairly quiet offseason so far, not yet having done anything to try to compensate for the losses of Gray or Maeda. Boushley will give them a non-roster depth arm, joining guys like Randy Dobnak and A.J. Alexy.