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Updated: November 9th, 2010 3:09pm
Twins sign right-hander Eric Hacker to major-league contract

Twins sign right-hander Eric Hacker to major-league contract

by Phil Mackey
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The Minnesota Twins have signed a pitcher.

No, not Cliff Lee.

Per ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Twins have signed Eric Hacker -- a 27-year-old right-handed starter who posted a 4.51 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in 165 2/3 innings with the San Francisco Giants' Triple-A affiliate last season.

Hacker signed a major-league deal, which means he will be placed on the Twins' 40-man roster.

In 300 2/3 career innings at Triple A, Hacker -- drafted by the Yankees in 2002 before bouncing to the Pirates' organization in 2009, then the Giants last season -- has a 4.52 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 226 strikeouts, 113 walks and 30 home runs allowed.

Hacker pitched three innings with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, allowing two earned runs on four hits.

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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