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Updated: January 12th, 2012 9:27am
Right-hander Todd Coffey among possible bullpen targets for Twins

Right-hander Todd Coffey among possible bullpen targets for Twins

by Phil Mackey
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Despite being pressed up against the top of their budget, indications are the Minnesota Twins still have enough money to bring in another free agent reliever.

On Thursday, a baseball source confirmed the Twins have been in talks recently with the agent for right-hander Todd Coffey, who owns a 3.68 ERA with 167 strikeouts and 53 unintentional walks in 205 2/3 innings over the past three seasons with the Nationals and Brewers.

The Twins are among "several clubs" that have showed at least mild interest in the 31-year-old reliever.

Aside from missing two weeks with a lower leg strain in 2011, Coffey has been one of the more durable relievers in baseball over the past few seasons. He has pitched at least 58 innings in five of his seven major league seasons, including two seasons with at least 78 innings.

Two weeks ago the Twins told right-hander Dan Wheeler's camp to stay in touch because, as one baseball source put it, they had a couple other relievers higher up on their list.

The reliever market has been slow lately because teams are holding out for the best bargains possible, including asking in some cases for pitchers to sign non-guaranteed minor league contracts.

It's likely Coffey -- who earned $2 million in 2010 and $1.3 million in 2011 -- would garner a major league contract.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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